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By Mike D. Sykes, II February 5, pm. The NBA trade deadline comes up on Thursday at 3 p. But when your options at center are Capela, Nene and Tyson Chandler, Nene becomes a pretty good alternative. And the Rockets seem to be just fine with that! It is absolutely imperative for the Rockets to go out and find themselves a center to replace Capela.

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On the surface, particularly for casual fans, this may seem like a crazy deal. Capela is a young, talent center who is very good with fans and a dynamic playmaker above the rim.

He also represents one of the few big men on the Rockets roster, who happens to have a relatively team-friendly contract. And it doesn't help that fan favorite and Houston-forever guard Gerald Green is shipped out and we gave up a first round pick as well.

But, there is method to the madness in this deal and, if it makes you feel better, the pick is not going to be a good one and Green will likely be waived so he can continue rehab, and might even wind up back with the Rockets next season.

Let's dig in. The NBA what is commonly referred to as a "soft cap. Owners hate that and for good reason. It not only is the antithesis of why most of these guys got into business in the first place, but it hamstrings a teams flexibility when it comes to making trades.

The Rockets used this deal in part to get under the luxury tax. That isn't a crime, though it has been portrayed as one by Rockets fans who deem owner Tillman Fertitta as cheap. But, it does help underscore the precarious spot the team was in while over it. Unfortunately, the rules regarding the salary cap are far too complex for most fans — hell, most PEOPLE — to fully understand, so it feels like going cheap even if it probably isn't.

The Rockets aren't going to go the rest of the season with no legit big man on the roster. They want to play small — more on that in a second — but they recognize the glaring deficiencies that would set up against teams like Denver, Utah and the Lakers.

The trade could actually be expanded or another side deal made to bring in a big man. A prime target will be Golden State's Kevon Looney. The Warriors are desperate to get under the luxury tax to avoid being placed into repeater tax territory after years of staying above the luxury tax threshold, the repeater increases that tax significantly if you don't get below it and Looney could be their way to do it.

Looney, who just came back from an injury, is a solid big man with plenty of playoff experience. He wouldn't need touches on the offensive end and would fit in nicely as a rebounding, run-the-floor big man. There are some other possibilities as well, but Looney seems like the most obvious choice at the moment.

For all the complaining about the loss of Capela, what the Rockets got in return fits them quite well. Covington, who played with the Rockets previously, has developed into one of the league's best three-and-D players, a long, rangy wing player who shoots a decent percentage from three and defends on the perimeter at a very high level. The Rockets have needed a player like him since losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute two seasons ago to free agency.

Bell adds a bigger body at 6'8" and a guy who will understand his role. He'll get more opportunities than he did in Minnesota and the Rockets no doubt want to use him the way Golden State did while he was with them for two seasons, including winning a title his rookie season.

Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Landing Covington and Bell doesn't necessarily make the Rockets better on paper.

It makes them different and the Rockets are banking on, to quote Groundhog Day , "anything different is good. It has particularly helped Russell Westbrook, and that was ultimately the game changer in this deal. The biggest drawback to Capela's game is he is an inside player, not someone who needed to be defended outside the paint. That clogged the lane. Initially, the thought was Westbrook could shoot a little more from the outside, but when that clearly wasn't working, he went back to being arguably the most dangerous first-step-to-the-basket players in the NBA.

With Capela out of the lineup, that style of play thrived. Players like Bell and, perhaps, Looney, will help with length and give them multiple defensive switching options just like the Warriors had when the dominated the league. That's what the Rockets hope anyway.

They aren't under any illusion they have the same firepower of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, but they hope the concept will still work despite some of the unique big men cropping up in Dallas and Denver, and the stalwart backcourts in LA and Utah.

The jury is out, but it's clear the Rockets are going to run this experiment this season — maybe deep into the playoffs or maybe right into the ground. All rights reserved. We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements.

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Smith: Rockets gamble big again with Clint Capela trade

Is the rumor mill already heating up? Word on the street is that the Houston Rockets are hot on the trail of one of the Sacramento Kings frontcourt players. Koufos would fit very nicely at the center position with Houston big man Clint Capella sidelined for an extended period. It makes perfect sense that Houston would be interested in Koufos.

Houston was giving up Houston has to either trade for a center or sign one in free agency. Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes is the perfect player for the Rockets to sign since he can rebound, defend and space the floor with his perimeter shooting.

Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. There are a LOT of other moving parts, but let's stay here for now because it is really the point for the Rockets. On the surface, particularly for casual fans, this may seem like a crazy deal.

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The Chicago Zephyrs, for the record, were what the Washington Wizards used to be called three cities and four name changes ago. Instead, the Rockets played 6ft 5in PJ Tucker at center and opened up the offense in order to give James Harden and Russell Westbrook as much space as they wanted. With nobody on court to effectively challenge the center in the paint, he scored a season-high 35 points on for shooting. Well, the Rockets also managed to outscore the Mavericks while Porzingis was on the court. Shot selection might have been a factor, as Porzingis only attempted four three-pointers despite being an effective long-distance shooter. No team knows the value of the three-pointer more than the Rockets, you can pretty much see the story of the seven-point victory in the final three-point tallies: the Mavericks went for, while the Rockets went Is it just me, or does everything in the NBA look a bit smaller these days?

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However, playing in the final year of his old contract, Gordon has undergone the worst season of his year career, averaging He has also made just As he tells Kelly Iko of The Athletic , Gordon believes his struggles can be attributed in large part to the right knee injury that required surgery in the fall. Guaranteed Salary. Note: Minimum-salary and rookie-scale cap holds are based on the salary cap and could increase or decrease depending on where the cap lands.

At the deadline, they traded Clint Capela away in a four-team, player deal, getting Minnesota wing Robert Covington in return.

Clint Capela — relatively affordable, only 25 years old and still possessing upside — became expendable. That says it all about the suddenly small-ball Rockets, who entered Wednesday night with P. Tucker as their expected starting center. Tucker is a defensive beast.

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Она раскусила эту тактику разделяй и властвуй, тактику отставного морского пехотинца. Солги и столкни лбами своих врагов.

Feb 11, - The Houston Rockets have begun playing without a center, and they are winning games. But there is still a place for the big man in basketball.

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Она снова начала нажимать кнопки и снова услышала за дверью этот же звук.

Хейл потребует, чтобы ему сказали правду. Но именно правду она не имела ни малейшего намерения ему открывать. Она не доверяла Грегу Хейлу. Он был из другого теста - не их фирменной закваски. Она с самого начала возражала против его кандидатуры, но АНБ посчитало, что другого выхода .

Только сейчас она поняла, почему он настаивал на том, чтобы ТРАНСТЕКСТ продолжал работать. Если Цифровой крепости суждено стать любимой игрушкой АНБ, Стратмор хотел убедиться, что взломать ее невозможно. - Ты по-прежнему хочешь уйти. Сьюзан посмотрела на. Сидя рядом с великим Тревором Стратмором, она невольно почувствовала, что страхи ее покинули. Переделать Цифровую крепость - это шанс войти в историю, принеся громадную пользу стране, и Стратмору без ее помощи не обойтись.

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