Atlanta, Boston, and Brooklyn are among the teams that Houston has approached for the center. League sources say the Rockets offered Capela to the Nets for a package that included Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince, which Brooklyn declined.
The Rockets, who’ve had an on-again, off-again romance with the Capela, are apparently ready to move on from 6’11” big man but apparently want a big man in return.
Capela, who’s four years older than Allen, has been troubled by injuries, playing 39 of 48 games for Houston this seasons. He’s averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 boards in 33 minutes. He’s owed $66 million over four years, including this one. Allen is averaging 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. He’s still on his rookie deal. The two have often been compared in that they’re both rim-running athletic bigs who can block shots, but Capela is far more expensive.
Prince, who the Nets signed to a two-year $25 million, is averaging 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and is shooting 35.2 percent from three. He just signed a two-year, $25 million extension which kicks in next season.
O’Connor also reported that Capela’s likely landing spot remains Boston, who is in desperate need of a reliable big.
Meanwhile, Brian Lewis reports that the consensus is that the Nets won’t do much, if anything, at the deadline.
Granted, the deadline brings more disinformation than a CIA operation, and more misdirection than a magic show. But everything from both team and league sources implies that any move the Nets make will be comparatively minor, as they try to figure out exactly what they have.
Lewis speculated on the kind of deal the Nets might make.
[Wilson] Chandler or second-year players such as Rodions Kurucs, Dzanan Musa or Theo Pinson could be moved.
The Nets could bring back Iman Shumpert, whose defense and intensity helped them to a 9-4 mark during his brief tenure. Or they could sniff around the likes of Sacramento’s Harry Giles — whom they liked in the draft — or the buyout market.
But whatever move they make is likely to be small, not seismic. Don’t expect a third star in this system, but maybe a small moon at best.
The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday.