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Rockets re-sign Clint Capela

Posted: July 27, 2018 -- 4:48 pm.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-signed restricted free agent center Clint Capela to a five-year, $90 million contract with no team nor player option.

Capela was selected by Houston with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. 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.  Capela led the league in field goal percentage (.652) while ranking eighth in rebounding and second in blocks.

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The 24-year-old recorded 42 double-doubles in 74 games played in 2017-18 after having a total of 25 in 154 games played across his first three seasons.  The Rockets were 25-2 when he scored at least 15 points, including 11-0 when he scored 20 or more.  Houston was also 36-5 when Capela had at least two blocks, including 21-0 when he had three or more.

During the regular season, Capela was the first player in NBA history to have averaged at least 13.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, and 1.80 blocks per game in fewer than 28.0 minutes per game.  He was also the first player to have averaged at least 12.0 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game, and 2.00 blocks per game in fewer than 31.0 mpg in a single postseason.

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