Suns Planning Offer For Clint Capela

The Suns are planning a max or near-max offer for Rockets center Clint Capela this summer, according to Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire.

Phoenix is reportedly “enamored” with the fourth-year big man, who is in the midst of his best NBA season. He averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game during the regular season and has raised those numbers to 14.4/12.2/2.8 in the playoffs.

The 23-year-old will be a restricted free agent, so the Rockets can match any offer he receives. Capela made a little more than $2.3MM this season in the final year of his rookie contract. Owner Tilman Fertita has indicated that he is willing to pay the luxury tax to keep his team together, which will undoubtedly come into play with Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute and Gerald Green also becoming free agents.

The Suns project to have more than $30MM in cap room and need help at center, with only 35-year-old Tyson Chandler signed for next season. Alex Len will be a free agent, and Alan Williams has a $5.52MM non-guaranteed deal.

However, the Suns have other needs and their plans could change depending on the results of next week’s lottery. Phoenix owns the league’s worst record and has a 25% chance to get the top pick in the draft, which could be Arizona center DeAndre Ayton. If that happens, the organization may target another position with its free agent money.

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15 thoughts on “Suns Planning Offer For Clint Capela

  1. Z-A

    Suns get #1 and dont take Ayton they should just clean house and fire everyone. Bags is the only acceptable alternative.

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    • Hen1CHC

      With Pheonix’s new coach, Doncic is much more of a possibility

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      • Why would that be? This new coach will realize his former player won’t have the impact in the NBA as some of these other guys coming out.

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  2. Can’t believe capella would receive a Max offer like that from the Suns …..totally clueless. They don’t realize James Harden is the energy and the motor behind the Capellas success.

    Yes capella is a good player and he’s working hard and he’s improved his game with a lot of work, but really he just shot blocker with not much offense. He’s a young Tyson Chandler Runs the floor block shots big part of the grand scheme of things. But the suns are crazy unless they sign James Harden as well.

    It’s almost like people going nuts over Klay Thompson and how he might go to a new team and “be the man.” They don’t realize that Klay Thompson needs Steph Curry to be as successful as he is.

    I’m a Warriors fan big time and I love Klay Thompson he’s humble he works hard stays quiet doesn’t complain. But clay can’t create his own shot, handles aren’t very good, and does not have fantastic Court vision. He would be a spot-up shooter on another team not a all NBA Superstar with the Warriors.

    These GM’s will make these Big Max contracts for players and got to realize a lot has to do with the fit.

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    • aamatho18

      Klay is a NBA All-Star, not a superstar. Nobody would mistake those differences. Trust me.

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    • Victor Gunzales

      not sure how we got on the subject of the warriors and Thompson on a capela and suns post but ok .. BIG MEN always get paid and usually it does not work out I have to agree with Gary without a c paul , harden type of point guard getting him easy buckets I don’t see him panning out I could be wrong and he may be the next hakeem but I have yet to see him show any skillz back to basket or hook shots etc..BUT on Thompson that man is just a scorer he could score on any team. IMO.

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  3. formerlyz

    Houston should just let him walk in that scenario, as I said the other day. Phoenix can definitely use a big, but he still doesn’t make up for their defensive issues on the wing. Let them throw all that money on a center, in restricted free agency, in this market

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  4. x%sure

    Looks like the Swiss is gonna make that quality hard cheese

    So which is it, NBA? Are centers going to run to the rim or run to the 3pt line?
    Tell Spoelstra if you changed your mind. He has 3 centers to decide on.

    Rimrunners Williams and Mitchell may have just risen in the draft.

    HR advocacy of Capella vindicated

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