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NBA Trade Grades: Clint Capela to the Hawks; Robert Covington to the Rockets

We finally had a trade approximately 40 hours before the NBA Trade Deadline! It was a four-teamer with 12 players, nonetheless. Up until the trade deadline, I’ll be grading and explaining many of the trades that come in. Here we go.


Full Trade Details:

Atlanta Hawks Receive: Clint Capela, Nene

Houston Rockets Receive: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, 2nd Round Pick

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Hawks 1st Round Pick (via Nets), Jarred Vanderbilt

Denver Nuggets Receive: Gerald Green, Rockets 1st Round Pick, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop


Hawks Outlook:

If I had to pick a clear winner from this crazy 12-player trade, it’d be the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks managed to get a very good 25-year old center who’s averaging nearly 14 and 14 without giving away any pieces of their young core.

All they had to give up was Evan Turner and a first round pick that’s likely going to be around 15-17 range this upcoming draft. In a draft as bad as this upcoming one, that’s nothing. One thing is for certain: Trae Young to Clint Capela is going to be a lot of fun.

Grade: A

Rockets Outlook:

At this point, it’s pretty clear that the Rockets screwed up badly by trading four first round picks and Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. With the Rockets not only worse than last season, but dry of future assets, the only way to switch things up in an attempt to improve was to trade Clint Capela.

The Rockets needed a player like Robert Convington, a great 3 and D wing, and they did overpay a bit given the market for him. The Rockets also gave up a first round pick (will obviously be a very late one), Gerald Green, and returned Jordan Bell plus a second round pick.

However, it’s pretty clear to me that Bell isn’t going to be the starting center for this team going forward. It’s going to be hard for me to evaluate this trade for the Rockets until I see who they end up trading for or signing on the buyout market at center. Even if they do get a good option at center, I still think they could have gotten more for Capela if they traded him in the offseason. Despite that, I still like what the Rockets are doing here.

Grade: B+

Timberwolves Outlook:

The Timberwolves are quite a disaster right now. They have a star in Karl- Anthony Towns tied up long-term in a huge contract and can’t seem to put any sort of team around him. One of the main reasons why is because they’re paying Andrew Wiggins nearly $30 million per year.

With the team at 15-34, they had no choice but to trade Robert Covington and Shabazz Napier, two starters and pretty much the only tradable assets on their roster. Additionally, they also unloaded a bunch of players on their bench that weren’t contributing significantly such as Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Bell, and Noah Vonleh.

The Timberwolves were able to net the Hawks first round pick (via the Nets) that’ll likely be in the 15-17 range of this draft. The also received bunch of younger players such as Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, and Jarred Vanderbilt. The Wolves also got back Evan Turner, who I assume they will buy out.

Beasley’s a nice young player who’s a career 38.2% 3-point shooter. Juancho Hernangomez has seen role minutes for the Nuggets in years past, but has seen a lot less this season as the team is extremely deep. He’s a career 34.9% shooter from beyond the arc and can improve with an increase in minutes.

However, the most intriguing part of this deal for me is Jarred Vanderbilt, a 20-year old power forward in his second year from Kentucky. Vanderbilt is a former five star recruit, and has potentially given the opportunity. He played approximately four minutes per game in his two seasons with the Nuggets given the team’s depth. He should see plenty of minutes on Minnesota.

Overall, Minnesota got younger and got a first round pick. You can’t ask for much more, but I would have waited until Thursday to trade Covington in order to drive up his trade value.

Grade: B

Nuggets Outlook:

I think the Nuggets did pretty well here. They gave up Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, and Jarred Vanderbilt, and netted a first round pick and a solid role player in Shabazz Napier. Napier, averaging 9.6 points per game and 5.2 assists per game this season is likely to take Beasley’s role in the rotation.

Furthermore, I love the flier on Gerald Green. He’s out due to a foot injury right now, but could return for the playoffs. If he does, they add a career 36.1% 3-point shooter to the rotation. In terms of Vonleh and Bates-Diop, we’ll see if they end up getting put into the rotation. I don’t think they add much value to the deal either way.

Grade: A-

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