NBA Trade Deadline: Grading the four-team trade centered around Clint Capela

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Robert Covington (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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NBA Houston Rockets Clint Capela (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /

Grading the four-team trade that saw Clint Capela land in Atlanta and Robert Covington sent to the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets seemed hellbent on adding a wing ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline, whatever the cost. And that’s exactly what they pulled off late Tuesday night, early Wednesday morning.

With the help of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, and Atlanta Hawks, the Rockets facilitated a four-team, 12-player trade that saw them acquire Robert Covington, Jordan Bell and a 2024 second-round pick (from Atlanta, via Golden State).

The Nuggets landed Shabazz Napier, Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Gerald Green, and a first-round pick (from Minnesota via Houston).

The Wolves come away with Malik Beasley, Juan HernangomezEvan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, and a first-round pick (from Atlanta via Brooklyn).

The Hawks get Clint Capela and Nene.

In what will likely be the most complex deals ahead of this week’s NBA Trade Deadline, the Rockets accomplished what they set out for a few weeks ago and the Hawks landed a running mate and starting center to stick next to Trae Young. The Wolves land a nice return for a player that wasn’t part of their rebuilding process and the Nuggets add some depth to their roster.

Let’s grade the trade.