The NBA trade deadline drew near as the basketball world waited with bated breath to see if any significant moves would be made in the final few days. After the MLB stole the headlines with a massive trade of its own on Tuesday night, the NBA didn’t want to be outdone.
Shortly after midnight (ET), ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed a four-team trade was in the works. Just a few minutes later, he confirmed the trade would go through if all parties successfully completed their respective physicals.
In the end, four teams engaged in the trade and 12 players changed teams. Headlining the trade was Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela, who landed in Atlanta, and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington, who landed in Houston.
In addition to players changing teams, several draft picks exchanged hands as well. The Timberwolves landed two first-round picks, one of which they sent to the Denver Nuggets for Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez.
Here’s the rest of the trade, via ESPN:
- Minnesota also acquires Atlanta’s Evan Turner and Denver’s Jarred Vanderbilt.
- Denver acquires Minnesota guard Shabazz Napier, forward Keita Bates-Diop, forward Noah Vonleh and injured guard Gerald Green.
- Atlanta acquires Houston center Nene Hilario.
- Houston also receives Jordan Bell from Minnesota and an Atlanta 2024 second-round pick via the Golden State Warriors
It’s the most expansive trade the NBA has seen in nearly 20 years, according to Woj. After looking at all of the moving parts, it’s easy to see why.
Houston cleared signifiant cap space with the move and is expected to remain active before the deadline. As are the Denver Nuggets.
Stay tuned for the latest NBA trade deadline news.