The Celtics could be looking to acquire an impact center.
Boston has “seriously” engaged in trade talks with the Rockets about Clint Capela, according to a report from Basketball Insiders.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made “all players and picks” available this offseason, according to an earlier report from ESPN. It is highly unlikely the team deals star James Harden, though, that report notes.
Houston finished 2018-19 with a 53-29 record but fell to the Warriors in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in two straight seasons.
“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here,” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told reporters last month. “We will go to battle every year. We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”
Capela averaged 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game for the Rockets last season. He signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the team last July.
Houston is also reportedly expected to explore dealing Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker while Chris Paul could be moved, as well.
The Celtics, meanwhile, entered the season as the favorites in the East, but they registered a 49-33 record and fell to the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.
Boston star Kyrie Irving will almost certainly opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. He’s unlikely to re-sign with the Celtics, according to a report from SNY.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, however, said he hasn’t received any “indication” that Irving is planning to leave.
“There’s not much I can say about that, honestly,” Ainge said last week. “There’s ongoing conversations. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
The Celtics have also been linked to a potential trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis.