The Rockets and Paul agreed to a new contract just after midnight E.T. on Sunday, locking up the All-NBA point guard to a long-term deal in Houston. Paul, James Harden and Co. should be one of the league's two to three best teams in 2018-19. Ariza was 0 for 12 from the field in Houston's Game 7 loss to Golden State in the Western Conference finals, missing all nine of his 3-point tries.
Paul never considered leaving the Rockets in free agency, league sources said.
The Rockets also will bring back swingman Gerald Green on a one-year minimum salary contract worth $2.4 million, according to multiple reports Sunday.
The 33-year-old Paul was eligible to sign a five-year maximum contract, but the Rockets took his age and injury problems into consideration.
Jesse Lingard: Gareth Southgate's 'formation suits us perfectly' claims England star
However, Southgate did warn that England should not get ahead of themselves as they still have to get past Colombia, who reached the last-eight of the 2014 World Cup.
The Rockets also ended Paul's pursuit of a conference finals appearance.
Chris Paul led the National Basketball Association in Real Plus-Minus last season.
Capela averaged career-highs in all of points (13.9), rebounds (10.8), blocks (1.9) and steals (1.4) in 27.5 minutes per game last season.
Clint Capela is a restricted free agent, meaning the Rockets can still retain him by simply matching any offer the big man would fetch in the market.
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