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Sports Q: Should the Celtics trade for Clint Capela?

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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Should the Celtics trade for Clint Capela? He seems like exactly what they need, unless someone like Tristan Thompson becomes available for cheap. Thoughts?  — Steve C.  

Yeah, just so the Woj Bomb – well, this is more like a cherry bomb or something – revealing that the Celtics are one of the Eastern Conference teams in on the Rockets’ big man.


That’s not surprising that Ainge would be interested. He’s averaging 13.8 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Bringing him aboard would go a long way toward making them a legitimate contender to come out of the East. Even though they beat the Sixers in their last matchup (and without Kemba Walker), Philly’s size is still a big advantage. Capela would be a huge asset if they collide in the playoffs.

The big question is what would it cost. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently noted on Zach Lowe’s podcast that it would probably take Daniel Theis, Romeo Langford, Vincent Poirier, and at least one first-round pick.

That trade actually works in the ESPN Trade Machine. (Capela makes $14.9 million this year, which is less than I expected.) I’d be bummed to see Theis, who has been such a reliable glue-guy, go in a deal. And I really like Langford’s smooth offensive game. But I think they’d have to do this if it’s the actual deal and the price in picks isn’t too much steeper than this.


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