Rockets strike 5-year deal to bring back Clint Capela

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The Houston Rockets re-signed restricted free agent center Clint Capela today.

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a $90 million contract extension with free agent center Clint Capela.

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Capela was reportedly seeking $100 million, putting him on par with Thunder big man Steven Adams (four years, $100 million) and Jazz eraser Rudy Gobert (four years, $102 million). He listens, learns, competes. He was runner-up for the NBA's Most Improved Player award this past season after averaging career-highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.85 blocks. "I'm happy for him".

Against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, Capela registered 10.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, and shot over 72 percent overall. After posting 25 double-doubles in his first three seasons combined, Capela registered 42 last season.

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Chris Paul is back on a max deal and, of course, the league's MVP James Harden is well within his prime to lead Houston to a hopeful championship appearance in 2018-19.

Capela, 24, was a key piece of the Rockets' machine in his fourth season, and he led the National Basketball Association in field goal percentage.

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With very few teams in need of the services that he provides, it was only right that Houston sought to provide Capela with a deal of this magnitude.

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