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It should come as no surprise that the Houston Rockets, a team committed to the cold math of basketball, are making a percentage play with Clint Capela.
The 24-year-old restricted free agent remains unsigned, and according to ESPN.com’s Tim McMahon, Capela and the Rockets have been as much as $40 million apart in their negotiations. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle relayed one rejected offer, noting Capela turned down a five-year, $85 million deal.
If we invoke comparisons, Capela is right to hold out for at least $100 million. Steven Adams, then 23, inked a four-year, $100 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder just before the 2016-17 season started. He got that money after putting up 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Andre Drummond signed his own five-year, $127 million contract just a month before his 23rd birthday in 2016.
The way NBA basketball is played today, Capela is likely more valuable than both Adams and Drummond.
At 24, Capela is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while leading the league in field-goal percentage. His defensive versatility—you won’t find many bigs better equipped to defend guards on switches and protect the rim—made him
Article source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2785574-nba-free-agency-roundup-rockets-facing-100-million-question-with-clint-capela
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