Clint Capela did not have a home of his own when he was young but was moved from one welfare home to another orphanage to have a roof over his head when his father went into hiding and left a family consisting of his two sons and his wife to fend for themselves. Despite all the challenges, he overcame them and, thanks to a flourishing basketball career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he became the shining light of hope in the family with the Houston Rockets.
Clint Capela Biography, Age
Clint Capela’s story on earth began in Geneva, Switzerland when he was born on May 18, 1994, as Clint N’Dumba-Capela. His parents came from Africa – his father from Angola and his mother from the Congo – but they met in Switzerland where they settled to start a family. He has an older brother named Fabrice Capela who encouraged him to try basketball. His father had left the family shortly after his birth, which meant that he knew nothing about his father. This was mainly responsible for them ending up in an orphanage where he first trained and played soccer while his brother played basketball.
At the orphanage, he attended elementary school, although the name of the school is not known. Apart from his brother, another reason why he would later choose basketball instead of soccer is his height. At the age of 13, Clint had a height of 190 cm (6 feet 3 inches), which was a good height for playing basketball. Together with his brother, he began to learn the basics of the sport by watching the highlights of the games. He then took part in the European Junior Basketball Championships where he was discovered by the Scouts and soon after he joined the INSEP training center in Chalon-sur-Saône before joining the famous basketball team of the Chalon EuroLeague at the age of 15.
Clint Capela decided to go pro at the age of 20, and so he signed up for the 2014 NBA Draft after playing with Team World at the Nike Hoop Summit in April of the same year. His first (and so far only) NBA team was the Houston Rockets, who voted him 25th overall in the draft. He signed a four-year contract on July 25, 2014, after a minor dispute with the franchise. Capela began his NBA career by playing in the 2014-15 season for the Rockets’ D-League subsidiary, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and by the beginning of the 2015 season, his name was on the Rockets list.
Over the years, he has become a focal point of the Rockets team. His contributions to his team are so important that he has been instrumental in securing a $100 million contract extension in 2018. After careful consideration, he was awarded a $90 million five-year contract with an $80 million guarantee and an average salary base of $18 million.
The agreement appears to be a win-win situation for all parties involved. As it is, Clint Capela continues to enjoy his basketball with the team he has come to love, playing with famous names in games such as James Harden, Chris Paul, and the like, while smiling to the banks about top earnings. On the other hand, with this deal, his team, the Houston Rockets, has secured a young, talented, and gifted star for the future of the franchise.
Salary: How Much Does Clint Capela Earn?
Clint Capela’s recent contract with the Houston Rockets is massive and is one of the biggest in the league. On July 27, 2018, he put the pen to paper and signed a five-year contract extension for 90 million dollars. Originally he had been waiting for a 4-year contract worth $100 million after becoming a restricted free agent after his original contract expired.
This contract extension comes with additional incentives of $10 million and a guaranteed amount of $80 million. This increases his annual salary to $18 million. Even though the amount is $10 million less than he had originally budgeted, observers consider it a good deal in the sense that although he became one of the most valuable free agents in 2018, there was speculation that the teams’ salary cars would make it impossible or rather difficult for each team to raise the desired money to receive his services.
Body Stats – Height, Weight
Capela’s size is one of the factors why he is a basketball player today. As a 13-year-old boy, he stood at 1.80 m and decided to give up his football career for a career in basketball. Currently, the Houston Rockets striker’s performance is measured at a height of 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m), while his weight is reported to be 240 lbs (109 kg).
Other Facts About Clint Capela
When Clint Capela signed his 2014 rookie contract with the Houston Rockets in 2014, he sent a large portion of the total sum to help his mother pay off her tax debt. She had been a factory worker for over 30 years and owed taxes, which meant she had to keep working. But his efforts made sure that she retired.
Capela and his brother Fabrice had to go to a social home because their mother Philomene, who had been abandoned by her father, could no longer take care of them.
Because of his slim and lanky stature, he was harassed by the other boys in the orphanage and often wanted to return home.
As a soccer player when he was growing up, his soccer hero was Thierry Henry from France. He had the chance to meet him as a basketball player when he came to see a game he was attending (even if Thierry did not come to meet him).