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Rockets’ Clint Capela Confident He Will Have a Big Season

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela is eyeing a big season in 2018-2019 and is hoping to elevate his game to the next level after signing a big contract with the Rockets this offseason, hoping for an All-Star caliber campaign.

Capela feels he was snubbed last season.

“It sucked,” Capela said, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “I definitely think I should have been [this year], but I didn’t complain about it. It’s all about the consistency. By just doing the work that I do, for sure I’ll be an All-Star next year.”

Capela hopes to be the best center in the NBA.

“Of course,” said Capela. “As a basketball player, I like to do it. Makes me feel good. So yeah, why not? You never say never. You like to expand your game, and I like to expand my game.”

Capela has been working hard this offseason, as he aims to get in the same shape as former teammate Dwight Howard.

“I’ve been working on that [strength] so it helps,” Capela said. “Of course, getting stronger, more minutes, playing with the same guys helps. I’m just trying to stay engaged. I start off solely to stabilize and utilize to know what I’m doing before every game, what makes me and my body feel good. All of that helps me grow this year.”

“He was dominating,” Capela said of Howard. “He was always taking care of his body. Did his work, and went out there and just dominated. He was huge!”

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Rockets’ Chris Paul Out With Hamstring Strain

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The Houston Rockets will be without point guard Chris Paul for an extended period of time after Paul suffered a hamstring injury during Thursday night’s game against the Miami Heat.

“It’ll be some time,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said about Paul’s timetable, according to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds.

D’Antoni added that the veteran Paul is scheduled to undergo a MRI on Friday.

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Rockets Looking to Trade Brandon Knight

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The Houston Rockets are looking to deal guard Brandon Knight, who they acquired ahead of the season from the Phoenix Suns, and recently returned to the court.

According to The Athletic’s Alykhan Bijani, the Rockets are shopping Knight and a first round draft pick in an effort to bring in another wing to the team.

However, Knight is generating zero interest from other teams, which is no surprise considering his lack of production since returning from injuries that sidelined him for close to two years.

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Pelicans, Rockets Interested in Bulls’ Justin Holiday

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Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday is drawing interest from two Western Conference teams, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Brenner.

Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with Chicago looking to rebuild, he could fetch some draft pick assets via a trade.

Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Bulls this season.

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