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Report: First-round pick Clint Capela, Houston Rockets in contract dispute

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Contract negotiations between the Houston Rockets and first-round pick Clint Capela have stalled.

Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet Northwest reports that there is a dispute between the two parties stemming from Houston's failed bid to land free agent forward Chris Bosh, who has reportedly agreed to return to Miami on a five-year, maximum contract.

Thinking they would land Bosh, the Rockets asked Capela to spend another season in France, but the Swiss forward's representatives reportedly oppose that plan.

For Capela to leave french Club Elan Chalon, a buyout of $500,000 must be paid. The Rockets and Capela's representatives have not decided who will pay the buyout, according to the CSNNW.

SI.com described the 6-foot-11, 211-pound Capela before the draft in its International Prospect Guide

Regarded as one of the most athletic European players to ever enter the draft, Capela boasts an intriguing set of physical tools and has been compared with the Thunder's Serge Ibaka. He's coming off a promising season for Chalon and was an interior force in limited playing time (9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 22 minutes in league play), although he didn't play especially well in the Nike Hoop Summit. Capela has a long way to go skill-wise and has to get stronger, but he's an ideal candidate to draft and let develop overseas, with a chance for a big payoff down the line.

Capela moves exceptionally well, finishes around the basket and blocks a lot of shots with his nearly 7-4 wingspan and enormous hands. Those traits help him play above the rim and finish lobs easily. His calling card is his rebounding, with natural instincts that help him grab boards outside of his area on both ends. Capela likes to face up and attack the basket but will need to keep honing his mid-range game to be more than just a bruiser at power forward.

The Rockets reportedly plan to match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet Dallas extended last week to restricted free agent small forward Chandler Parsons. The team must decide whether to match by 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. 

Houston has reportedly shown interest in free agent small forwards Trevor Ariza, Paul Pierce and Luol Deng, according to Yahoo Sports.

After taking Capela in the first round, Houston selected former Arizona guard Nick Johnson in the second. The team won 54 games and finished fourth in the Western Conference before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Portland.

-- Chris Johnson

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