Capela was initially dismayed at not receiving a contract offer commensurate with his production and development, but Houston general manager Daryl Morey ultimately brought him back into the fold. Capela joins James Harden and Chris Paul as Rockets who are under contract for the long-term.
The Houston center is a true success story in terms of cultivating a young talent to reach his maximum potential. He once served as Dwight Howard’s backup, but the rapid development ultimately led to him unseating his mentor–and a 3-year, $70 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
In his fourth season, Capela averaged 13.9 PPG and 10.8 RPG for a team that was one win away from reaching the NBA Finals. Capela was also nominated for the 2018 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award.
Capela entered the offseason as a restricted free agent. While other free agents, like Jimmy Butler, want to bet on themselves heading into the summer of 2019, Capela took the guaranteed money. He would have become an unrestricted free agent following this season had he accepted the qualifying offer.
The Rockets initially picked Capela with the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
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