Clint Capela will be a staple with the Atlanta Hawks for the foreseeable future.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Capela has agreed to a two-year $46 million extension. Capela already had two years remaining on his current deal, so this will now keep him in Atlanta through the 2024-2025 season.
Wojnarowski added that Capela is now owed $82 million over the next four years.
Capela was everything the Hawks needed and more last season, averaging 15.2 points and a league-high 14.3 rebounds per game over 63 games. His presence on the floor impacted the team in a positive way.
With Capela on the floor, the Hawks were scoring 114.8 points per 100 possessions. When he sat, that number fell to 110.1 points per 100 possessions. Defensively, there was a similar influence. With Capela in the game, the Hawks were giving up 108.2 points per 100 possessions, but when he sat, that number jumped to 113.2.
All those numbers are great and surely led the Hawks front office in the direction they went in, which was securing the big man long-term, but the main reason might be the chemistry he developed with star point guard Trae Young.
In the minutes both Capela and Young shared the floor together last season, the Hawks were outscoring teams by a rate of 8.3 points per 100 possessions according to NBA Stats. Atlanta became one of the most potent pick-and-roll teams thanks to the Capela-Young connection.
As the roll man, Capela ranked in the 71st percentile and as the ball-handler, Young ranked in the 77th percentile. With another year under their belt and confidence from a deep playoff run, the Hawks' pick-and-roll duo could be even more deadly than they were last season.
Now that Capela is locked in, the Hawks can turn their attention to keeping Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Hunter in the fold as they continue to build towards title contention.
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