Hawks’ Clint Capela reveals when he’s hoping to make Atlanta debut after trade from Rockets
The veteran center was involved in a big multi-team trade that sent him from the Houston Rockets to Atlanta. The trade included four teams and 12 players.
However, Capela hasn’t played since Jan. 29 due to a heel injury. The 25-year-old big man revealed that he plans to make his team debut after the All-Star break.
Capela says his heel is still bothering him. His goal is to return after the All-Star break.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) February 9, 2020
The 6-foot-10 Capela was major focal point of the Rockets over the last few years. The Swiss-born Capela had served as the team’s regular starting center since the 2016-17 season.
However, it became clear the Rockets were willing to move on from Capela this season. The big man was involved in trade rumors leading into the trade deadline before Houston ultimately pulled the trigger on a trade.
Capela said goodbye to Houston on his Instagram account once the trade was announced.
“These last 5.5 years have been filled with too many great memories to recount! I came here as a newly 20 year old just trying to make it, prove that I belong in this league and hoping to one day have a lasting impact on the organization that drafted me,” Capela wrote on Friday. “I’m beyond thankful to have been a part of a championship contender year in and year out. Thank you Houston for all you’ve brought to my life, the organization, my teammates and the fans who have embraced and supported me throughout this journey. I thank you!”
The sixth-year big man is currently averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds along with 1.8 blocks per game this season. Capela projects as the Hawks’ starting center upon his return.
With the All-Star game taking place on Feb. 16, Capela’s first chance at his Hawks debut is on Feb. 20 against the Miami Heat.