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The Houston Rockets offered Clint Capela a four-year, $60 million deal during their initial free agent meeting with the big man, according to a report from ESPN.
Capela is unhappy with the franchise over the contract he was offered and feels he deserves a bigger amount. Capela is seeking a deal similar to what Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams signed, per ESPN.
Adams got a four-year, $100 million deal from the Thunder in 2016.
Capela is currently a restricted free agent, meaning he’s eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Rockets have to decide if they want to match the offer or not.
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.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne relayed a similar message on Friday, stating that Capela’s meeting with Houston didn’t go as he was expecting it to and there’s a chance he could play on his qualifying offer for 2018-19 and become a unrestricted free agent next summer.
“From what I understand, his initial meeting with the Rockets didn’t go as he was expecting it to,” Shelburne said. “There’s not a big long-term offer out here that he feels comfortable signing right now. He’s been talking to other teams. The problem is nobody really has the cap space to make a compelling offer to make Houston nervous that he could potentially leave or even to match that offer sheet.”