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Report: Rockets discussing Clint Capela trade with multiple teams

Clint Capela Rockets

The Houston Rockets could be preparing to make a major trade before Thursday’s deadline.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets have spoken to several Eastern Conference teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, about a potential trade involving center Clint Capela. A multi-team trade is regarded as a possibility. The Rockets want to move Capela in order to acquire more assets to acquire a wing player.

The Rockets are 31-18, but only fifth in the Western Conference, and are apparently want to change the formula a bit. They’ve shown in the past that Capela is expendable, as they were willing to move him to get assets to make a sign-and-trade deal in the offseason. That didn’t happen, but it’s pretty clear that they’re willing to use him for the same purpose now.

The 25-year-old center has started 39 games for the Rockets this season, posting 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. He signed a 5-year, $90 million contract extension prior to last season, keeping him under contract through 2022-23.

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