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Rockets sign Clint Capela to five-year deal

The wait is over. Clint Capela will be in H-town for the foreseeable future.

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Well, another piece of the offseason for the Houston Rockets just fell into place. Former TDS contributor Kelly Iko is reporting that the Rockets have finally come to a long-term agreement with restricted free agent center Clint Capela. He’s been signed to a five-year, $90 million deal.

The Rockets gave Capela a qualifying offer at the start of the free agency with the expectation that he’d go out and find a big deal on the open market, which the Rockets would subsequently match. When no deal materialized, his team sought a five-year, $100 million deal, while the Rockets offered five-years, $85 million before meeting in the middle today.

Capela was one of the key pieces to the Rockets’ franchise best 65-17 record, and helped spearhead an even more impressive 42-3 regular season mark when he shared the court with Chris Paul and James Harden.

Houston’s core from last season now returns intact, and despite a few free agent losses in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, the Rockets’ main threesome are now all under contract long term.

With the Carmelo Anthony signing just a few days away now, the Rockets are likely done making any major moves this offseason, but GM Daryl Morey has been very vocal about the possibility of in-season additions.

But in the meantime, it’s a good day. The 24-year-old likely still has some more improving to do, and he’s going to do it in a Rockets’ uniform.