Huge multi-player deal sends Capela to Atlanta

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A huge deal happened early Wednesday morning before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday. This was a multi-player, several deal that is going to have ramifications for both Eastern Conference and Western Conference teams.

This deal involved the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Former Houston Rockets center Clint Capela poses for a portrait during the media day at The Post Oak Hotel
Clint Capela poses for a portrait during the media day at The Post Oak Hotel (Getty Images)
  • Robert Covington and Jordan Bell to Houston
  • Clint Capela and Nenê to Atlanta
  • Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangómez, Evan Turner, and Jarred Vanderbilt to Minnesota
  • Gerald Green, Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier, and Keita Bates-Diop to Denver

The Timberwolves are also adding a 2020 first-round pick that was in custody of the Hawks. It originally belonged to Brooklyn Nets.

The Nuggets are adding a first-round draft pick from the Rockets.

With Green out for the season, he is expected to waive his right to block the deal, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. He had a one-year Bird restriction, but will be released.

Also, MacMahon is reporting that the Rockets will go without a center, as they plan on playing PJ Tucker at the position in their small-ball lineup. However, the team may sign a big as a free agent or trade for one when they go against Western teams with an impactful center.

Capela and Covington are the key pieces of this deal. It also includes two players, who have not played this season in Nenê and Green.

The former Rockets big man was expected to be moved before the trade deadline on Thursday. He was one of four big men, who had their name come up in rumors before the deadline.

With this move, Covington goes back to the Rockets, where he began his career in 2013-14. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 48 games, including 47 starts with the Timberwolves.

He also averaged 1.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes per contest.

Capela was averaging 13.9 points per game with 13.8 rebounds in 39 games, including 39 starts. He also is averaging 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game.

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