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Report: Celtics, Rockets have discussed Clint Capela trade

Clint Capela, Rockets, Celtics

The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets reportedly have discussed a trade which would send center Clint Capela from Houston to Boston, according to Ian Begley of SNY.

The Celtics could revisit those trade talks, as multiple reports came out on Tuesday stating All-Star power forward Al Horford is leaning toward leaving Boston this summer in free agency.

Capela signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Rockets last summer. He’ll make $14,896,552 next season, $16,000,000 in 2020-21, $17,103,448 in 2021-22 and $18,206,897 in 2022-23.

The Rockets, by all accounts, are making everyone in their roster except for superstar guard James Harden available in trade talks. Houston lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in six games. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is apparently aggressively trying to improve the roster by any means necessary.

In 2018-19, Capela averaged 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds while shooting 64.8 percent from the field. Offensively, Capela is heavily reliant on Harden and Chris Paul. He doesn’t have a go-to move on offense and gets all of his baskets on lob passes from Harden and Paul.

Since the Warriors are going to be without both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson next season due to injuries, Morey may decide to keep Capela and the rest of his roster and run it back.