Free Agency

Clint Capela, Houston Rockets agree to five-year, $90 million deal

clint-capela-072718-ftr-getty.jpg
Clint Capela (NBA Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason, but they won't lose Clint Capela.

Capela is coming off his best season as a pro with averages of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His numbers might not jump off the page, but Capela is a huge reason for Houston's development into an elite offensive team.

With the amount of pick-and-rolls Chris Paul and James Harden run, having a lob threat around the basket helps keep defenses honest. Capela has also developed into one of the best cutters and offensive rebounders in the league, freeing Paul and Harden up to shine as isolation scorers.

It culminated in the Rockets being 2.0 points per 100 possessions better offensively with Capela on the court during the 2017-18 regular season and 1.9 points per 100 possessions better in the playoffs.

Capela continues to make strides on the defensive end, too. He established himself as a versatile defender last season, one who could protect the rim at a high rate and switch onto perimeter players when needed. The big man finished the playoffs with a league-leading 36 blocks in 17 games.

Keep up to date with all of the latest :tag: news!
Sure Not Now

Having recently turned 24, the Rockets are making a smart bet on Capela being their center of the future.

More from NBA.com

lebron-james-media-day-092418-ftr-getty
The best of 2018 Media Days
Gilbert McGregor
kawhi-masai-danny-ftr-screencap-play
WATCH: 2018 Raptors media day interviews
NBA.com Staff
Victor Oladipo NBA Indiana Pacers
Who is this year's Victor Oladipo?
Matthew Blum
tyreke-evans-092418-media-day-ftr-getty
Blogtable: Evans among best under-the-radar moves this offseason
NBA.com Staff
myles-turner-victor-oladipo-092418-ftr-getty
30 teams in 30 days: Indiana Pacers
Gilbert McGregor
kawhi-leonard-091818-ftr-getty.jpg
What if Kawhi is more like the player he was last season?
Scott Rafferty
More News