Clint Capela gains interest from LA Clippers

The LA Clippers are reportedly interested in Clint Capela as league trade rumors continue to heat up.

Hoopswire’s Sam Amico reported that sources said it would come as no surprise if the Clippers target Clint Capela as a replacement center for Ivica Zubac.

The Clippers (11-7), fourth in the West, haven’t been doing as well as most thought pre-season. The team is fourth in the West Conference, which is really not bad considering Kawhi Leonard is out and now Paul George is missing.

At the moment, Moses Brown is Zubac’s only reinforcement. Getting Capelia behind Ivica would be a big step.

If the Hawks traded Clint, they would still have two centers: Onyeka Okongwu and Frank Kaminsky.

It has been rumored that LA “would be willing to give up point guard John Wall as part of a trade” as they look to fill some bigger positions.

John Collins is another Atlanta game whose name has reached the trading bloc. Sources told Hoopswire they “won’t be surprised if (LA) gets involved.”

Capela has averaged 11.1 points, 11.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17 games. His efforts as a great man were outstanding.

Zubac has averaged 9.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg, and 1.4 apg over 18 games. If the Clippers traded for Capela, they would add another big player who is delivering the same numbers as their current main center. That would be a big step, especially if they already have Leonard and PG.

Can the Hawks survive without Clint Capela?

Capela was drafted 25th by the Houston Rockets in 2014 and played with them until 2020 when he was traded to the Hawks.

Capela averages more points (12.8) and more rebounds (12.9) for Atlanta than for the Rockets. His efforts increased where needed and he continued to play his role very well. That would benefit the Clippers, and something Atlanta would miss.

Onyeka Okongwu, a 21-year-old center for the Hawks, has averaged 8.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.0 apg in 16 games this season. His numbers are all above his career averages, so he could grow into a role Atlanta may need to fill.

Okongwu has a career field goal percentage of 66.8%, which is admirable. If he were to step into more of his rebounding role, Atlanta would probably be fine without Capela. There would be a noticeable gap, but Onyeka has the potential to fill it.

It goes without saying that Clint’s dominance as a big would be missed and Okongwu would need to show his size a little more on the court. If he makes it, maybe Atlanta could win that exchange if it comes to that.

Otherwise, they might be left with a spot they’ll have to sacrifice players or picks to fill, and that could bring the roster down.

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