Clint Capela, Robert Covington On The Move In A Four-Team Trade

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The Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves have been frequently discussed as potential trade partners leading up to the deadline on Thursday afternoon, and in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the widely-speculated deal reportedly came to fruition. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, those three squads and the Denver Nuggets agreed to a deal that will include a number of picks and players moving to new places.

The chatter between the franchises had been kicked around for a few days, with this version of the deal being reported as close to done by Charania on Tuesday night, with Wojnarowski adding that there were talks happening with a handful of other teams about bringing additional squads into the mix.

The biggest pieces on the move here are Covington and Capela. The former heads to Houston, where he will give a team that is always looking for three-and-D specialist one of the best ones in the league. It does, however, cost them Capela, who fills a gigantic hole at the 5 for the Hawks and gives Trae Young as good of a lob-catching threat as the sport has, while Nene gives them some depth there, too.

As for Denver and Minnesota, both were rewarded with first-round selections moving forward for helping to facilitate this deal, while the Wolves added a nice piece (albeit one who is about to become a free agent) in Beasley and a monster expiring contract in Turner. It’s rare that deals this gigantic happen during the season, but with all four of these teams looking to tinker, we were able to see this one come to fruition.

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