The Houston Rockets have committed Clint Capela to a $ 90 million five-year expansion, sources told ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Capela was a limited free agent. Had he instead signed a $ 4.3 million qualifying offer, he would have entered 2019 as an unrestricted free agent.
James Harden said on Team USA Camp Thursday that he has a feeling – and that feeling is to come back to the Western Conference final. The motivated Rockets star also said that he had been in contact with Carmelo Anthony.
The 24-year-old Capela has been a key piece in Houston's resurgence in the Western Conference of the last two seasons. He comes from a career season in 201
The Rockets were 42-3 last season with Chris Paul, James Harden and Capela in the lineup, a unit that beat the team's run on the best-ever Western record (65-17) and the ultimate loss of the game 7 confirmed the later Golden State in the Conference final round.
Well, all three will be back and probably together for some time; Paul agreed to a $ 160 million four-year four-year deal earlier this month, and Harden registered a four-year, $ 228 million Supermax expansion last summer.
Notable center deals since "Offseason"
|Nikola Jokic||5||$ 148 million|
|Andre Drummond||5||$ 127 million|
|Steven Adams||4||$ 100 million|
|Rudy Gobert ||$ 97M *|
|Clint Capela||5||$ 90M  * Could be higher with incentives|
"Obviously we love the game of basketball, but to be able to serve your family for generations, we do it for that," Harden told reporters in Las Vegas. "I've seen him working his butt in the last few years, listening, learning, competing, and I'm happy for him."
The Rockets are also to add to Carmelo Anthony . When asked if he recruited Anthony, Harden replied, "No. He does it himself." He's at a point where he knows what he wants, he knows where he wants to be, and so there is no recruitment, Can anyone do anything Do not do it for yourself. "
Capelas deal drives the Rockets now to 136 million dollars, the fourth highest in the league behind Oklahoma City, Golden State and Toronto. They now have a projected $ 21.4 million luxury tax bill with 11 players on guaranteed contracts and two partial / non-guaranteed ones (Michael Carter-Williams and Zhou Qi).
Signing a player to the 1.5 million veteran minimum would cost an additional $ 3.8 million for the luxury tax. Houston still has $ 4.5 million in tax code.
Swiss born Capela had sought an extension in 2016 by Steven Adams of Oklahoma City (four years, $ 100 million) and Utah's Rudy Gobert (four years)
Capela finished second behind Victor Oladipo from Pacers and chose last season's Most Improved Player of the NBA. He was second in the league in blocks per game, eights in rebounds per game and sixth in defensive win shares (4.1). His 42 double doubles were the eighth highest in the league.
In the postseason he was equally efficient with 12.7 points, 11.6 boards and 2.1 blocks, with a field goal percentage of 66.0, which led all players.
Capela seemed to confirm Instagram's approval and wrote: "Houston … #LetsGetIt #JustAKidFromGeneva."