When it was reported that the Houston Rockets were making everyone — except James Harden — available via trade, a handful of names and teams were immediately thrown out into the mix.
One of those teams were the Boston Celtics, who were reportedly interested in the possibility of trading for Clint Capela.
But that possibility is now dwindling, according to Adam Himmelsbach of Boston Globe:
There have been reports that the Celtics have had trade talks with the Rockets about their talented young center, Clint Capela, who has four years left on his five-year, $90 million deal. A league source said Saturday that the Celtics are intrigued by Capela, but that the sides have not had any trade talks and that a deal for Capela is unlikely because Boston would not have interest in surrendering the players needed to complete the trade.
Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season. However, the big man disappeared in the playoffs, and immediately there were calls to trade him.
The Celtics missed out on Anthony Davis, and will likely lose Kyrie Irving to free agency. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics “refused” to include 2017 third overall pick Jayson Tatum as part of a deal to get Davis — which means they would likely have not wanted to give up Tatum to the Rockets either.
But, Capela could still be traded from Houston. There is a chance — we don’t know how big or how small of a chance — he could maybe end up in Brooklyn, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.