Western Notes: Capela, Stephenson, Jazz

The Rockets and Clint Capela may not be that far apart in negotiations toward a new deal, as Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link) is hearing that the team’s initial offer was not as low as previously reported. Sources tell Feigen that the July 1 offer was for $85MM over five years with Capela having the ability to earn up to $90MM based on incentives.

Rumors claiming the center wanted an offer in the neighborhood of $100MM over four years, similar to Steven Adams‘ pact, surfaced recently. Previous reports had Houston offering approximately $60MM over four years.

One source tells Feigen that the Rockets are optimistic about reaching a deal. Houston has the ability to match any offer, as Capela is a restricted free agent.

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • Magic Johnson said he consulted LeBron James before bringing Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee to the Lakers, as Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet relays (Twitter link). “LeBron’s won championships, been to eight straight Finals. You think Rob [Pelinka] and I are not going to ask him? No, we’re going to definitely ask him his opinion because he knows those players better than us,” Johnson said.
  • Stephenson said the Lakers want him to “bring intensity” every night, as Spectrum SportsNet’s Mike Trudell passes along (Twitter link). The 27-year-old wing officially signed his one-year deal today.
  • Chemistry was a major reason why the Jazz decided to keep their core intact. “Chemistry is a hard thing,” GM Dennis Lindsey said (via the Associated Press). “It’s a hard thing to predict. You can get five great people in the room and have it just not click for whatever reason, so we didn’t want to overthink that.”
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8 thoughts on “Western Notes: Capela, Stephenson, Jazz

  1. ldfanatic

    Good to hear Morey didnt low ball.him and drive him off as an ufa next season. Get a multi-year done.

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  2. Houston stupidly paid a max deal for a 33 year old broken down point guard. Now they have no money, lost their forwards and are going to pay Capela insane $$. Should of had a plan and let both him and Paul walk

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  3. Bubba that sounds like a real good plan, let them walk? You really have some bright & brilliant plans, why don’t you enlighten us with more crazy stuff, might make our day.

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    • dust44

      Yah cuz they don’t have Adams signed to a big deal or anything. In an age where most teams go small u want to sign 2 centers who don’t stretch the floor

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