Los Angeles Clippers are keeping an eye on Clint Capela and continue to maintain a firm interest in the player, as the NBA trade rumors continue to heat up at this stage of the season.
Sam Amico, a reporter from Hoopswire, suggested that sources have said that it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Clippers aim for Capela as a backup center for Ivica Zubac.
The Clippers (11-7), who are fourth in the West zone, have been struggling in the NBA this season. They haven’t lived up to the expectations and demands following their performances in the previous years. While a fourth place in the Western Conference isn’t really a bad reflection of reality, considering that Kawhi Leonard has been out for a while and they have also missed Paul George in his absence.
At the moment, the Clippers are severely understaffed as Moses Brown is the only backup center for Zubac. Therefore, securing the services of Capela and lining him up being Zubac would be a big and successful move.
If the Hawks were to take the decision to trade away Clint, they would still be left with two centers: Onyeka Okongwu and Frank Kaminsky. John Wall could be on the other way in this trade deal as it has been rumored that Los Angeles Clippers would be “willing to surrender point guard John Wall as a part of any trade,” as they look to fill in some more prominent positions.
John Collins is another player from Atlanta who is attracting interest from various teams and his name has hit the trade block. Sources told Hoopswire that they would “not be surprised to see (LA) get involved.”
Capela has averaged 11.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 17 games. His efforts as a big man have been prominent in his side’s results so far in NBA.
Zubac has averaged 9.8 ppg, 11.2 RPG, and 1.4 APG in 18 games. If the Clippers were to trade for Capela, they would be adding another big that provides numbers like their current primary center. It would be considered a huge move in the context of this season given that they already possess Leonard Kawhi and Paul George who are looking to return to fitness soon.