The Houston Rockets signed center Clint Capela to a five year, $90 million contract according to sources. Resigning Capela keeps the Rockets hope of making it to the NBA Finals alive.
To be more accurate, Capela is guaranteed to make $80 million in the next five season. The last $10 million is in incentives. He will make $1 million each season for the next five seasons if the Rockets make the Western Conference Finals. He will also make $500,000 for finishing with a 30% rebound rate and $500,000 for shooting at least 65 percent from the free throw line for the next five seasons.
That is a good contract if you don’t include the incentives. It annoys me that there were incentives because he has little control over whether or not the Rockets make the Western Conference Finals. He should have fought that incentive. The other two are in his control so those are fine. Overall, he should see about 50-70 percent of the incentives so it's a good deal for him.
If the Rockets want to make it to the NBA Finals, they will need Capela. He was going to get paid this summer by the Rockets because they need him. He is an intricate part of the offense. His offensive rebounds and overall rebounds give the Rockets more opportunities to score. Without Capela, they would lack a shotblocker.
He has made himself irreplaceable. So it was unlikely that the Rockets wouldn’t pay him. Capela was asking for a $100 million contract but the Rockets worked it down to $80 million and a non guaranteed $10 million that won’t go against their cap space.
Both parties are happy because they got what they wanted. Capela almost got $100 million and in the Rockets’ eyes, Capela didn’t get a $100 million. Houston kept most of the roster intact but lost Trevor Ariza. They did replace him with Carmelo Anthony but we have to see how that plays out. After this extension, the Rockets are finally able to focus on the upcoming season.