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Rockets lock up Capela with 5-year, $90 million contract

Clint Capela has a new deal with the Rockets. Jason Miller

The Rockets have locked up Clint Capela with a five-year, $90 million contract, according to multiple reports. The deal will average roughly $18 million per year. 

Capela was a restricted free agent, but drew no interest from other teams as the center market dried up pretty quickly. He was a key piece for the Rockets last season, averaging career highs in points (13.9) and rebounds (10.8). He was also a key component to the Rockets improved defense, with 1.9 blocks per game and handling multiple assignments on switches. 

Bringing Capela back was big for a team that lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency and only added James Ennis to the mix. Of course, it is also expected that Carmelo Anthony will sign a deal with the team once he clears waivers. 

In the interim, the Rockets got back a big piece of their success and did it for a reasonable number considering his contributions. 

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