Western Notes: Capela, Durant, Leonard, Williams

Clint Capela‘s new five-year contract with the Rockets on Friday, initially reported to be worth $90MM, is technically guaranteed for $80MM with $10MM in incentives, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. Those annual incentives include $1MM for reaching the Western Conference finals, $500K for finishing with a 30% defensive rebounding rate, and $500K for shooting at least 65% from the free throw line, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (Twitter link).

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • Kevin Durant‘s decision to take a one-plus-one contract with the Warriors kept his options open beyond the upcoming season, as he explained to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Durant will make $30MM the first year with a $31.5MM player option for the 2019/20 season. “The [one-plus-one] was the perfect thing for me to do, to keep things open for me — financially and what I want to do,” he told Charania. “It’s just one of those things.”
  • The Celtics offered at least two of the first-round picks they own from other teams for Kawhi Leonard, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN. Those picks, as Dan Feldman of NBC Sports writes, include the higher of the Kings’ and 76ers’ pick next summer, unless it’s the top overall pick; the Grizzlies’ first-rounder, which is top-eight protected next summer and top-six protected in 2020; and the Clippers’ pick, which is lottery-protected the next two summers and then converts to a second-rounder. The Spurs instead decided to take another All-Star, DeMar DeRozan, in a package for Leonard. The way the Spurs organization treated Leonard may have had more to do with his departure than any issues with his teammates, Feldman notes in a separate piece, relaying reporting from Lowe and ESPN’s Michael C. Wright.
  • C.J. Williams is a perfect waiver claim candidate, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. Williams, who was waived by the Clippers on Friday, is on a $1.4MM non-guaranteed contract with $125K in protection if he’s not waived by opening night, Marks continues. His $1.6MM salary in 2019/20 has a $200K guarantee if he’s not waived by the first game, Marks adds.
  • The Nuggets’ second unit will likely be led by Mason Plumlee, Isaiah Thomas, Trey Lyles and Torrey Craig, Chris Dempsey of the team’s website predicts. Dempsey dispenses his views on recent developments involving the club in his latest mailbag.
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9 thoughts on “Western Notes: Capela, Durant, Leonard, Williams

  1. cesc

    Well then looks like Capela’s contract is just for 82.5MM, as they won’t make it to any more WCF & he cannot shoot from the FT line to save his life.

    • Decius

      I believe the 90m is the base and the 1m for reaching the WC finals would be added on to that. If somebody knows for sure, please clarify.

      • Decius

        Just read his contract could be worth up to 90m, so I guess that includes the incentives. Not important. Moving on…..

    • Dionis

      And who are you to say they won’t make the West Finals? They’ll be the champions.

  2. the dude

    I remember when IT was calling out Kevin a love for sitting out when he was sick AF. That was last year when Thomas was demanding a max contract, but ended up getting traded for the second time and ultimately signing a proving ground contract with Denver (but not after trying to sign with Boston)

    Love, that unloyal SOB, got a multi year extension, at least 2 weeks after IT got his glorified bench contract with the nuggets.

  3. supercollider

    Popovich doesn’t have the stomach for a rebuild, so he wasn’t interested in draft picks. But now the Spurs are in no-man’s land and will be fighting for a 6 seed.

  4. paladin

    Ainge is tremendous GM. I get lost trying to count how many 1st round picks the Celtics have. I think it is four depending on where they fall in draft lottery order. spread out over a couple year. They have their own picks still even though they’re late first rnd. I thought they had Miami 2020 pick but maybe they traded it away. Better check your pockets if trading with Danny boy

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