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Clint Capela re-signed with the Houston Rockets on a five-year deal worth $90 million last week, putting an end to his long restricted free agency.
In 74 games this past season with the Rockets, Capela averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. Most of his baskets were delivered by MVP James Harden.
Capela turned down the Rockets’ five-year, $85 million offer on the first day of free agency. Rival teams didn’t have the cap space to make a compelling offer to Capela, who was looking for a five-year, $100 million deal.
Seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry, who won two rings with the Rockets, says Capela isn’t a max player and benefits from playing with Chris Paul and Harden.
“Capela isn’t underrated or overrated,” Horry told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson on Scoop B Radio. “What I mean by that is he gets a lot of points because of James Harden. I had the pleasure of playing with Jason Kidd for one game and I got a lot of points because of him. Just because you did this and that, does that make you an elite player?
“Everybody says he wants to get max money and to me, he is not a max player, because he is just a player who got a lot of dunks off a really good player who drew a big crowd.”
Virtually all of Capela’s shots came at or near the rim in 2017-18. He attempted 676 shots during the regular season, with 653 of them coming at the rim.
Capela shot 72.6 percent at the rim and most of those makes came off lob passes from Harden or Paul.