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Hawks, Clint Capela agree to $46M extension

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FILE – Clint Capela #15 of the Atlanta Hawks dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the second half at State Farm Arena on February 21, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP 

Clint Capela and the Atlanta Hawks agreed to a two-year extension that ties the center to the team for a total of four seasons.

“Clint is one of the premier defensive and rebounding big men in the league. His presence in the paint and voice on defense had a tremendous impact on our success last season,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said. “He is a great teammate who leads by example and we are excited to have him as a part of our team long-term.”

ESPN reported the extension is worth $23 million per season.

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Capela had two years remaining on his contract and is now signed through the 2024-2025 season.

The NBA leader in rebounding at 14.3 per game, Capela averaged 15.2 points and 2.0 blocks per game in 2020-21 as the defensive linchpin for the Hawks.

The 27-year-old was the 25th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and spent the first six seasons of his career with the Houston Rockets.

He landed in Atlanta as part of a four-team trade that involved 12 players in February 2020.

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