Capela to Hawks in deal as NBA trade deadline looms

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Swiss centre Clint Capela moved from the Houston Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a reported massive 12-player, four-team deal ahead of today’s NBA trade deadline.

Multiple reports yesterday outlined a major talent swap involving the Rockets, Hawks, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves as clubs make final transfers to set rosters for fights to reach the playoffs or improve their chances at a title run.

In the deal, according to ESPN and The Athletic websites, the Rockets get three-point shooting forward Robert Covington and forward Jordan Bell from the T-Wolves, adding an outside scoring threat to star guards James Harden, the NBA scoring leader, and Russell Westbrook. Houston also landed a 2024 second-round NBA Draft pick.

Capela, who has been sidelined in the past few games with a sore heel, and Brazilian big man Nene went from the Rockets to Atlanta, which was looking for centres.

The Nuggets obtained Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier and Noah Vonleh from Minnesota plus injured Rocket Gerald Green and Houston’s 2020 first-roun NBA Draft pick.

Minnesota obtains Denver’s Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez – a Spanish forward – and Jarred Vanderbilt plus Atlanta’s Evan Turner and a 2020 NBA Draft first-round pick from the Hawks.