1:08pm: The Hawks have officially announced Capela’s extension, issuing a press release to confirm the move.
“Clint is one of the premier defensive and rebounding big men in the league. His presence in the paint and voice on defense had a tremendous impact on our success last season,” Hawks president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk said in a statement. “He is a great teammate who leads by example and we are excited to have him as a part of our team long-term.”
11:55am: Capela will make about $20.6MM in 2023/24 and $22.3MM in ’24/25 on his new extension, tweets Marks. That works out to a base value of $42.9MM over two years, with another $4MM in total incentives, so the deal could max out at $46.9MM, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets.
10:52am: The Hawks and center Clint Capela have reached an agreement on a contract extension that will add two years and $46MM to his current deal, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).
Capela remains under contract for two years entering the 2021/22 season, so his new deal will go into effect beginning in ’23/24 and will keep him under team control for four years in total.
Capela, 27, was acquired from the Rockets by the Hawks at the 2020 trade deadline, but was unable to play at all for Atlanta that season due to a foot injury. He proved his value to the team in 2020/21 though, averaging 15.2 PPG and an NBA-leading 14.3 RPG to go along with 2.0 BPG and a .594 FG% in 63 games (30.1 MPG).
The anchor of the Hawks’ defense, Capela finished sixth in Defensive Player of the Year voting and helped lead the team to a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals with playoff series wins over the Knicks and Sixers.
As Bobby Marks of ESPN observes (via Twitter), Capela is earning base salaries of $17,103,448 and $18,206,897 in the final two years of his current deal. Since he’s eligible to earn up to 120% of his 2022/23 salary in the first year of his extension, the base salaries of his new deal would be $21.85MM and $23.6MM (an 8% raise on year one) if Atlanta offered the maximum possible amount.
However, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic suggests (via Twitter) that the base value of the two-year extension is closer to $42MM, which indicates those numbers will come in slightly lower.
Capela’s contract also features $2MM in annual incentives, $1.5MM of which are currently considered “likely to be earned,” since he received them in 2020/21. He got a $1MM bonus for making the Conference Finals and $500K for a defensive rebounding rate above 30%, but missed out on a $500K bonus for shooting below 65% on free throws. Those annual incentives will be included in Capela’s extension as well, potentially boosting the total value of the deal by up to $4MM.
Capela will be the second Hawks player to sign an extension this summer, joining Trae Young, who inked a maximum-salary rookie scale extension at the start of free agency. Kevin Huerter remains eligible for a rookie scale extension up until October 18.
29 thoughts on “Hawks Sign Clint Capela To Two-Year Extension”
Little pricey for a center but he’s undoubtedly been very good for them. Seems like there’s no question that the Hawks will be going into the tax as early as next season
Wow has the NBA changed!
I saw an article that argued that NBA teams should be allowed to paint there own 3 point line within whatver parameters are given.
Then each team could create a unique home field advantage (like RH hitters vs Fenway or LH vs Yankees etc)
So a team built around a center could be successful at home by choosing the furthest line allowable etc.
When the team has playoffs success, a player signs handsome contract
I swear we just keep piling up the Ws. Clint is the best rebounder in the world, top4 center in the league. Pairs extremely well with Trae offensively bc of his elite screen setting & lob catching abilities. Awesome that we got all these guys locked up long term. Big window for these young Hawks
Clint got owned by Embiid, Giannis, and even Brook Lopez in the playoffs.
He definitely got owned by Joel but hey Joel is the best player in the league rn. Also the fact that Clint was able to guard Joel without us having to continually send hard doubles (like DC in rd1) helped us keep guys like Tobias & Ben in check for majority of the series. Clint played pretty well vs 2x MVP/Finals MVP Giannis tho. Milwaukee didn’t take control of the series until Giannis was out with injury. As far as Brook lol he had 1 good game in that series. Clint played great in the playoffs tho. Joel & Giannis put up big #s but we were 6-5 vs those guys in the playoffs largely bc Clint was able to play good defense on those 2 unicorns
You just listed 2 of the top 8 guys in the entire NBA.
You have elite standards and I am not sure why.
Arguably 2 of the top 2
The OP said Capela was top 4 center in the league. If he was top 4 he should’ve at least slowed Embiid down. Especially when defense is his calling card.
He’s definitely top4 in the league & like I said even though Joel put up good #s it was Clint’s individual defense on him that was a major reason we won the series. If you don’t think he’s top 4 then feel free to name the guys that are better
Embiid, Jokic, Gobert, KAT…
Vucevic, Jonas…Hell Ayton going forward is probably better than Cap. He’s good but he’s one dimensional. I used to think you were a burner Collins account but now I’m guessing you work Hawks PR.
One dimensional lol what would that one dimension be?
And I forgot Bam
Lol I’ma guess you missed Capela shutting down KAT in KAT’s only playoff series
I’m the #1 advocate when it comes to NOT paying a center, but Clint is the definition of a new age center. He has always been effective in the regular season and playoffs. He fits extremely well with trae young, so that helps too.
Clint is honestly much more like an old school center. He’s very similar to guys like Robert Parish/Dikembe Mutombo. New age centers are more like Anthony Davis, Jokic or Embiid that can play like guards, shooting & penetrating with the dribble & such
I kind of get what you’re saying, but rim running, no post moves, great defense love threat aka The jarret Allen, Robert Williams, capela, etc are what teams are trending towards. If Dwight Howard didn’t let shaq bully him into thinking that he needed post moves. DH could have been THE best new school big.
You think the league is trending towards bigs with no post moves? Lol. If you wanna know what type of bigs the league is trending towards, here’s a hint, watch the draft
New age centers can shoot from more than 5 feet, he can’t even shoot FT’s.
I’ve always liked Clint capela and I think the Rockets downturn started when they got rid of him. He worked so well with James Harden and they made each other better players on the offensive end.
Harden could take his guy one on one and the defensive Center had to be cautious to come over and help because if he did it was Lob City.
Every Rockets trade gets worse
Paul for Westbrook
Capela and a First for Covington
Harden for Oladipo vet min contract
Note: draft picks attached
Good for him.
It’s interesting extension though. He’s played very well and pairs good with Trae.
But what about their draft pick last year Okongwu? Wouldn’t you hope he’s the starter in a couple years?
When you’re in win now mode unfortunately teams give up on developing these young guys. It sucks cause they literally went from lottery to ECF(all in one year).
The Hawks clearly haven’t given up on developing Okongwu
Early Xmas for Capela!
Morey was so desperate for miniball and 5-out they dumped Capela lol.
And after the Rocket ACs worked so hard to make him a starter.
Spurs ACs did the same with Forbes and he got dumped too. Spurs did get Forbes back… How soon before the Rockets would have liked Capela back?
Clint worked hard to make himself a starter
I’m sure he sweat bucketfulls.