Stein: Free-agent market drying up for Rockets center Clint Capela

Mae Harvey
July 5, 2018

So much for the reports about tension between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets believed if Chris Paul stayed healthy, they would have beat the Golden State Warriors. The expectation always was that Paul would return to Houston given all the success the team enjoyed last season.

Chris Paul isn't going anywhere, Rockets fans. No teams have come with an offer sheet, let alone one approaching the four-year, $110 million max. Capela was a double-double machine for the Rockets, putting up 13.9 points and pulling down 10.8 rebounds per game.

Paul's deal expired at the end of the 2018 season, and the promise of resigning on a max contract was part of the reason he worked so hard to orchestrate a trade from the Clippers a year ago. And the Warriors went on to win Games 6 and 7. While Paul never considered leaving the Rockets in free agency, league sources say there was tension about the length of his new contract. His productivity reached another level in the postseason where he averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.

The Lakers are interested in Clint Capela.

Paul will enter his 14th season in the National Basketball Association after being drafted No. 4 overall by the Hornets in 2005.

Green, 32, made $1.4 million last season after joining the Rockets in December, two months after he was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks.

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