The Boston Celtics might be looking to make a big move this summer.
And no, we’re not talking about Anthony Davis.
Last week, NBA insider Steve Kyler reported that the Celtics, resigned to the belief that Kyrie Irving will walk in free agency, are exploring avenues to bolster a core of young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. And in a Twitter exchange Sunday morning with NESN’s Dakota Randall, Kyler identified a player that Boston has its eye on: Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela.
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To clarify: The Celtics would have to trade for Capela, who signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension last summer. Kyler’s report also meshes with recent reports that Houston is open to trading just about anyone.
Kyler noted that Capela might be a contingency plan, should the Celtics fail in their pursuit of Davis.
The 25-year-old Swiss big man would be a no-joke add for the Celtics. In 67 games last season, Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Those numbers were up from 2017-18, when he averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.9 blocks.
Whether Capela would function as a replacement for Al Horford, who can opt out of his current contract in July, or be brought in to stand alongside the Celtics forward in the event he re-signs is anyone’s guess.
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