Southwest Notes: Capela, Anderson, Harden, Mejri

Clint Capela‘s five-year contract with the Rockets includes $1.5MM in yearly incentives that he’s likely to reach and another $500K in yearly incentives he’s unlikely to attain, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.

As previously noted, Capela’s $90MM is technically guaranteed for $80MM with $10MM in incentives. He’ll receive $1MM annually if he plays 2,000 minutes or if the Rockets make the Western Conference Finals. He also has a $500K annual incentive for reaching 2,000 minutes played and a defensive rebound percent greater than 30 percent. Pincus considers those incentives well within reach. As a point of reference, Capela logged 2,034 minutes in 74 regular-season games last season with a defensive rebounding percentage of 30.8.

He also has a $500K annual incentive for taking at least 150 free throws and making 65% or more, which Pincus considers unlikely. Capela shot a career-high 56% from the line last season.

If he reaches the likely incentives, the cap hits on Capela’s contract will be $15.3MM, $16.4MM, $17.5MM, $18.6MM and $19.7MM (Twitter links).

We have more from around the Southwest Division:

  • The Grizzlies lost some scoring punch with the departure of Tyreke Evans but they’ll gain two-way versatility and playmaking efficiency from Kyle Anderson, according to Grizzlies website reporter Michael Wallace. Anderson will start at small forward but he can help Memphis at as many as four positions, Wallace continues. Anderson ranked sixth among qualifying NBA players in defensive rating last season, Wallace adds. Anderson was acquired in free agency when the Spurs declined to match a four-year, $37.2MM offer sheet.
  • Rockets star and league MVP James Harden is under investigation by Scottdale, Ariz. police over a nightclub incident, BrieAnna J Frank of the Arizona Republic reports. According to a TMZ report that Frank relayed, a woman was recording a scuffle involving someone in Harden’s entourage. Harden then alleged grabbed the woman’s phone and threw it onto a roof so she couldn’t sell the video footage.
  • Salah Mejri is once again looking at defensive-oriented reserve role with the Mavericks, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News writes. The 32-year-old Mejri will back up DeAndre Jordan, though Dirk Nowitzki will also cut into Mejri’s minutes when he gets shifted to center. Mejri signed a one-year veteran’s minimum contract earlier this month.
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10 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Capela, Anderson, Harden, Mejri

  1. Woman had to go to hospital for wrist injuries from Harden. Here comes a civil lawsuit.

  2. This is contract year for Marc Gasol. Do Gasol and Conley still have enough left in the tank? Conley, Courtney Lee, Jeff Teague, and George Hill are all from Indianapolis. All are overpaid. Eric Gordon is the exception. I think the Pacers will try to get Trey Lyles. He’ll be restricted next summer. Does Denver want to pay luxury tax. Pacers will have room. Pacers have 3 point guards, Denver tried to acquire Darren Collison or Corey Joeseph last season. Maybe they could try one of them for Lyles.

      • bravesfan88

        LMAO…Glad, I’m not the only one that read that, and was like wtf?!?

        Started out talking about Marc Gasol, the Grizz, and their chance of being legit, shifted to random overpaid players from Indy, Eric Gordon makes an appearance, and ended up talking about Trey Lyles to Pacers…

        Did I get it all?? Not even sure if I understand it now, and I’ve only read the comment about 5-6 times…lol

        Dude changes topics like Ish Smith and Matt Barnes change jerseys..

        • Toyin

          I smiled when I saw Eric Gordon name. It took me 3 more reads to realize why he was included. Then I was like heck yea Indiana has a good team and how did we get to Trey Lyles? Did Denver consider trading Trey or did Indiana inquire? I remember my first joint.

    • Grant

      Both Kevin Durant and Jeff Green are from Washington DC and played in the Finals last year. I know this because I read a couple hoops articles every day on my lunch break and since I can pinpoint the state of Indiana on a map with my Public school education I must be naturally smarter than everyone else. Also since I googled that Lebron had a house in LA I knew he was going to the Lakers before everyone else. I am just lettinng y’all know so your information is as correct AND accurate as my superior Indiana knowledge.

      • Grant

        Hmm that was weird don’t what came over me there. I read the article and just felt compelled to say all that…Should I post it 5 more times on every article for the next week?

  3. I said before that the FT incentive is unlikely, but also the one for the WCF, I do find quite unlikely Houston will make it 5 times, right? The other 2 if he is healthy should be OK.

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