The NBA trade deadline is just a day away and teams are reportedly scrambling to get their man. Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the busiest sides in the trade. They already traded Jeff Teague to Atlanta Hawks and were rumoured to have an interest in Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell. While the latter appears to be in dead water, Timberwolves are reportedly involved in a three-way (potential four-way) trade deal with Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks, with a potential fourth team also in discussions.
Sources: Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston are in serious discussions on a deal that would send Robert Covington to Rockets and Clint Capela to the Hawks. Evan Turner and draft compensation involved in current talks to Timberwolves. Potential fourth team too.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2020
The Athletic reported that Minnesota Timberwolves have conducted serious discussions with Rockets on a deal that would see Timberwolves' Robert Covington move to Rockets and Rockets star Clint Capela move to the Hawks. Meanwhile, Timberwolves would acquire Hawks guard Evan Turner and future draft picks.
Among the serious candidates to emerge as a new fourth team in this trade scenario, league sources tell ESPN: The Denver Nuggets. Talks with teams elsewhere are ongoing too. https://t.co/77s2keXl9a— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2020
The fourth team in the discussions is reported to be Denver Nuggets, however, their level of involvement remains unknown.
Houston Rockets made not secrets that they were willing to part ways with Clint Capela before the trade deadline. The Swiss center has been a good option from the bench averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds this season. However, despite possessing a stellar offence of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, they have struggled in defence. If the deal does go through, Robert Covington will provide defensive cover on the wings. Covington is averaging 12.8 points, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks this season.
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
Meanwhile, Hawks could benefit from a big center Clint Capela, playing behind Trae Young as they look to improve their fortunes in the Eastern Conference. Adding Capela will give them a promising big three of Trae Young, John Collins and Capela.
The NBA trade deadline shuts on February 6, 3 PM ET (February 7, 1:30 AM IST).