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