Since the February trade that sent Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks, Capela is yet to play a game. However, when he is healthy, he will fit in perfectly.
The last update on the health of Clint Capela came on March 4th when it was said that he would be re-evaluated in two weeks (March 18th). However, since the NBA is on hiatus it is unclear if when the NBA returns that also means Capela will return. Although, I think it’s safe to assume he will be healthy considering the amount of extra time he now has to recover.
Assuming Capela is ready to go when the NBA hiatus is over, the Atlanta Hawks will need to figure out how he fits into their rotation. This will be incredibly important, not only for the remainder of this season but also for the next three seasons that Capela is under contract with the Hawks.
While it is important that Capela fits in with the Hawks, it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t. Capela is a 25-year-old athletic center on a solid contract (three years left on a 5/$90M). Regardless of Capela’s fit with the Hawks, considering his age and contract he is very tradable. Not to mention the Hawks only gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick for him, whilst getting off the Evan Turner contract… seems like a no-brainer to me.
As per usual there were a lot of questions surrounding Capela’s fit with the Hawks after the trade went down on February 5th. A lot of people hoped the Hawks would play John Collins as their full-time center while others thought Capela would clog the lane and make driving more difficult for Trae Young. And while these are valid concerns, there are more reasons to believe Capela will fit in then won’t.