Hawks interested in trade for Rockets’ Clint Capela

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The Atlanta Hawks continue to explore potential trade options leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline and could now be setting their focus on Houston Rockets center Clint Capela.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Hawks are among multiple teams interested in trading for Capela. The Hawks are reportedly looking to acquire a more natural center to pair with All-Star point guard Trae Young.

Atlanta is among multiple teams pursuing Houston’s star center in the days leading up to the trade deadline on Feb. 6. While the Rockets are reportedly listening to calls, the team is unlikely to move Capela unless it receives an overwhelming offer.

The 25-year-old center continues to be a central piece of Houston’s success. Capela is averaging 12.9 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season. He is under contract for the next four seasons and makes $14.9 million this year.

The Hawks engaged in discussions to land Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, but trade talks fell apart due to Detroit’s asking price. Atlanta currently holds the second-worst record (13-36) in the NBA, but is looking for a big man to help it finish the season strong.