The Dallas Mavericks could look to acquire Clint Capela, a center with offensive limitations that could still help the Mavs build their identity on defense.
The Dallas Mavericks are among the potential front-runners to acquire Houston Rockets center Clint Capela. Although a deal is far from done, Mike Fisher of 247 Sports says the Mavs envision a backcourt of Capela and Kristaps Porzingis having success next season.
The Houston Rockets have been eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in four of the past five postseasons. To their credit, the Rockets have been able to challenge the Warriors dynasty more than anyone else in the West.
Still, general manager Daryl Morey must be questioning his analytics-based plan and roster construction to be making everyone available to trade, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Capela had his best season in 2018-19, averaging 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, both career-highs. Capela also shot 64.8 percent from the field, but has virtually no offensive game outside of the paint, shooting 75 percent of his shots from 0-3 feet from the basket.
Capela does provide an inside presence defensively, as he averaged 1.5 blocks per game. He is also only 25 years old, meaning he would fit along with the Mavericks young core of Luka Doncic (20) and Porzingis (23).
There are questions about Capela’s game, as well as a limited salary cap and roster situation for Mavericks after this offseason. Here are the pros and cons the Dallas Mavericks should consider while contemplating a trade for Clint Capela.