The Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed to a trade to send starting center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: 4-team trade agreement: Houston: Robert Covington; Atlanta: Clint Capela and Nene; Minnesota: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, ATL 1st round pick via Nets; Denver: Gerald Green, Houston FRP.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2020
Per Wojnarowski, the deal involves four teams, with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, helping facilitate the deal.
Houston will acquire Minnesota swingman Robert Covington while sending Capela and Nene to the Hawks. Gerald Green was traded to the Nuggets in exchange for a future first-round pick.
The Nuggets will send Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley to the Timberwolves, receiving Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and Keita Bates-Diop along with a first-round pick from Houston.
The Wolves acquired Evan Turner and Jarred Vanderbilt in the deal, along with a 2020 first-round pick from Atlanta via the Brooklyn Nets.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Rockets will also acquire big man Jordan Bell, along with a second-round pick.
Sources: Houston is also receiving Jordan Bell and a second-round draft pick. https://t.co/3YpbhniEYP- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2020
Given the number of players involved - 12, this is the biggest trade deal in two decades:
The Atlanta/Denver/Houston/Minnesota trade -- 12 players -- is the biggest NBA deal since the Knicks moved Patrick Ewing to Seattle in 2000, according to ESPN's @BobbyMarks42.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2020
Capela is averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 39 games this season and will provide a seamless fit in the frontcourt next to John Collins, giving All-Star point guard Trae Young another lob threat.
The Rockets are 10-1 without Clint Capela this season.- StatMuse (@statmuse) February 5, 2020
They are 5-0 in games where no Rockets player taller than 6'6" play more than 10 minutes.
Small 🏀. pic.twitter.com/nDTahfxT5P
For the Rockets, Covington gives them another 3-and-D player as they further lean into their small-ball style. In 48 games this season for the Wolves, Covington is averaging 12.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists, shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three.
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