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Mavs Will Listen To Rockets Trade Proposal For Clint Capela

May 29, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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By Josh Clark and Mike Fisher 

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - After another playoff exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets are looking to overhaul their roster, and the Mavericks could capitalize on it.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey "is showing an aggressive desire to improve (the) roster with all players and picks available in talks."

Wojnarowski reports that all players under contract, besides James Harden, could be moved in the right deal. 

That leaves players such as aging point guard Chris Paul and young center Clint Capela succeptible to trades.

Enter the Dallas Mavericks. 

105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reported that Dallas will listen to the Rockets on a trade involving Capela if and when Houston calls the team's general manager Donnie Nelson. 

With over $30 million in available cap space, Dallas has plenty of room to absorb Capela's large contract. The 6-foot-10 big man signed a five-year, $90 million deal as a restricted free agent before last season.

Should Houston wish to "trade dump" Capela, Dallas is the only team that can get it done. The Mavericks could provide the Rockets with immediate cap relief by utilizing a $21.3 million trade exception they were awarded in their trade of Harrison Barnes to Sacramento last season. In such a scenario, the Rockets could trade Capela to Dallas and the Mavericks would absorb his contract for nothing. 

In addition to the trade market, Dallas has their eye on several free agents this offseason including Charlotte's Kemba Walker, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, Philadelphia's Tobias Harris, and other stars. 

Should Dallas acquire Capela or another player with their trade exception, their contract would eat up the Mavs' cap space.