Con: Better, safer alternatives
As stated previously, acquiring Capela through trade will diminish further assets and force Dallas to stick with the team they have for years to come. This, in spite of the fact that many other centers are available and could be acquired with less effort.
For one, the draft is a viable option. In my look at 5 options for pick No. 37, the Dallas Mavericks could potentially acquire Daniel Gafford. Gafford, although not as proven Capela, could provide a defensive presence early in his NBA career by coming off the bench.
He could be a second-round steal similar to Jalen Brunson.
The Mavericks also have Dwight Powell as a restricted free agent as he plans to opt out of his player option. Dallas loves Powell and there is no doubt that he will be brought back.
The 27-year-old only averaged 21.6 minutes per game, but still averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and is a much more willing shooter.
Lastly, there are other free agent big men the Mavs could target. The first of which is Nikola Vucevic, who is coming off his first All-Star appearance. He averaged 20.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while playing in 80 games last season.
His numbers dipped in the playoffs, as the Orlando Magic were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in five games. Still, Vucevic is a more appealing center than Capela. Dallas could also try and sign free agent centers like Julius Randle and Brook Lopez.
Although Capela could be easier to acquire with the Rockets openness to a deal, the other centers available bring more to the table offensively.