Celtics, Rockets Working On Big NBA Trade
The Celtics and Rockets are working on a big NBA trade, it appears.
Heading into this week, teams are preparing to make their final moves before the NBA Trade Deadline.
Contenders are trying to find one or two pieces to take them to the next level. Bottom-tier teams are looking to shed talent for money and draft picks.
Everyone is trying to make a move, one way or the other.
Two teams that are looking to be particularly active this week are Boston and Houston.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are discussing a potential Clint Capela trade with multiple teams.
One particularly interested party appears to be Boston.
ESPN Sources: Another team engaged with the Houston Rockets in trade talks for center Clint Capela: The Boston Celtics.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2020
“ESPN Sources: Another team engaged with the Houston Rockets in trade talks for center Clint Capela: The Boston Celtics,” Wojnarowski tweeted out.
The Celtics badly need to shore up the center position before Thursday’s deadline, so this move would make a lot of sense for them.
Thus far this season Capela is averaging nearly 14 points and 14 rebounds per outing.
With him in tow, Boston could theoretically legitimately challenge the Milwaukee Bucks for Eastern Conference supremacy.
So far this season, the Celtics 33-15 through 48 games. That places them third in the Eastern Conference behind the bucks and Toronto Raptors.
Houston, meanwhile, is 31-18 through 51 games this year. Currently, that places them in the five-seed out West.
While the Rockets are still hoping to compete for a championship, they also badly want to shed some salary. Move Capela would accomplish that.
Will this deal ultimately get done? We’ll find out once and for all come this Thursday.