Updates from Sunday, July 13
CSN Houston's Adam Wexler has the latest update on the dispute between Clint Capela and the Rockets:
#Rockets 1st round pick Clint Capela is here in Vegas. Not in uniform (or on roster) as team is about to warmup.— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) July 14, 2014
The Houston Rockets can't catch a break this offseason. Their failure to sign Chris Bosh in free agency is leading to a contract quarrel between themselves and first-round draft pick Clint Capela, per Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest:
The Houston Rockets and their 2014 NBA first round draft pick Clint Capela are in a contract dispute following the team’s failed attempt to lure Chris Bosh from Miami, league sources informed CSNNW.com.
According to one source, for cap space, the Rockets requested that Capela spend another season in France, believing they would land Bosh in free agency. Capela’s representatives were strongly against that idea and that still stands. Friction amongst the two sides is ongoing, sources say.
This capped off what was a terrible day all around for the Rockets.
Many expected Bosh to sign with Houston, especially after LeBron James confirmed his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers to Sports Illustrated. Bosh, however, chose to sign a max deal with the Heat, according to ESPN.com, thus throwing the Rockets for a major loop.
They also were forced to surrender in a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers so they'd take on the contract of Jeremy Lin, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Rockets finalizing Jeremy Lin, a future first-round pick and other draft considerations to the Lakers, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
General manager Daryl Morey hasn't exactly covered himself in glory over the past few days, and having this dispute with Capela only makes things worse.
When Houston selected him, the assumption was that he'd stay in Europe in order to free up the necessary cap space to sign a max player like Bosh or Carmelo Anthony. Those plans have obviously been scrapped, and the young Swiss is collateral damage.
According to Haynes, Capela has a $500,000 buyout with his French team, Elan Chalon. Houston and Capela's representatives have yet to reach an arrangement as to how that fee would be covered.
Even if Houston fails to sign Capela this offseason, it will retain his draft rights, so this situation is far from reaching the panic stage. Having him stay in Europe would arguably be the better decision anyway, considering how raw of a talent he is and how Houston is built to win now.
Then again, with the money there, the team might decide to bring him over now and put an end to all of this.
While other teams are enjoying their offseason spoils, Morey and the Rockets are simply waiting for the 2014-15 season to tip off already. Whether Capela will be there with them remains to be seen.