REPORT: Clint Capela, Rockets Agree to 5-Year, $90M Extension | Def Pen
Clint Capela
Clint Capela has developed into the perfect center for the Rockets’ high-powered offensive attack. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

After losing a couple of important pieces in free agency this offseason, the Houston Rockets also seemed to be on shaky ground with restricted free agent center Clint Capela.

Losing Capela would’ve been a devastating blow, however, USAToday’s Kelly Iko reports that the Rockets have agreed to an extension with the Swiss big man.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the extension will be a five-year, $90 million contract for the Rockets’ man in the middle.

After losing both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute to free agency already this summer, missing out on retaining Clint Capela would’ve topped off a disastrous offseason.

Though Ariza and Mbah a Moute are certainly useful pieces, they pale in comparison to the impact Capela had on the Rockets’ historic season in 2017-18. Capela anchored a vastly improved Houston defense and was the perfect rim-running center to pair with their trifecta of offensive-minded guards in James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon.

It was up in the air as to whether Capela would receive a max-contract from the Rockets or perhaps another suitor but he will end up raking in $18 million annually. Though big men have been paid noticeably less this offseason, signing a young, well-rounded talent such as Capela at that price could prove to be a bargain down the road for Daryl Morey and company.

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