With the Hawks season being cut short, we will not have a chance to see Clint Capela before the 2020-2021 season. Atlanta’s new big man was diagnosed with a heel injury before general manager Travis Schlenk traded a first-round pick for him, and the discomfort lasted well after the season was suspended in the middle of March. We likely would not have seen Capela play had things gone as planned, and there was no suspension. But because of the suspension, there was hope he would be available when the season resumed. In today’s exit interviewers, he said he is feeling miles better than he did.
Clint Capela says his heel is feeling "way, way, way better."
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) June 12, 2020
However, since the Hawks were one of the eight teams eliminated as part of the league’s agreement, Capela will have to wait until next season to make his Atlanta debut.
The former Rocket averaged 13.9 points on a healthy 62.9% from the field, 1.8 blocks, and a career-high 13.8 rebounds in 39 games for Houston before being injured. He will be critical in helping the Hawks fix two of their most glaring weaknesses — rebounding and rim protection. Capela also said that his new team no longer wants to be known for developing young talent, and instead thought of as a playoff contender.