Updated: Feb 7
By Chandler Adams
This was the biggest trade in the last twenty years of the NBA, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. So, who went where, how does this help them, and what is each team's "grade?" (I put the ".." around the word grade because we don't know how much of a factor a new coach, teammates, and system can affect play.)
Minnesota Timberwolves = B
SG - Malik Beasley --- 7.8 PPG / 1.2 APG
PF - Juancho Hernangomez --- 3.0 PPG / 2.5 RPG
PF - Jarred Vanderbilt --- 1.0 PPG / .6 RPG
SG - Evan Turner --- 3.3 PPG / 2.0 APG / .5 SPG
Atlanta first-round draft pick (Via Nets)
This is quite a good haul for Minnesota who only had to dish out Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, Shabazz Napier, and Keita Bates-Diop. They flipped their young players for even younger players with much more potential. The first round pick they acquired could very well end up being anywhere from 10-20 as the standings currently sit. They upgraded their young talent and got a 1st round pick in the process. Good trade for Minnesota.
Denver Nuggets = C
PG Shabazz Napier --- 9.6 PPG / 5.2 APG
SF Keita Bates-Diop --- 6.8 PPG / 3.0 RPG
SG Gerald Green --- Injured
PF Noah Vonleh --- 4.1 PPG / 4.0 RPG
Houston first-round draft pick
I just can't understand this trade from Denver's perspective. I'm a big fan of Beasley/Vanderbilt. Not that big of a Vonleh/Bates-Diop fan. However, this might end up being a good trade for them with the acquisition of injured Gerald Green, who can shoot with the best of them. For now, this is an average to below-average trade in my book.
Atlanta Hawks = A
C Clint Capela --- 13.9 PPG / 13.8 RPG / 2 BPG
C Hilario Nene --- Injured
What a trade for the Hawks. Dishing out Evan Turner and draft picks for a solidified All-NBA Center and an above average backup who will provide undeniable locker room support for this young team. Love, love, love this trade. Capela is on the books for 3 1/2 more seasons. A starting lineup of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Deandre Hunter, John Collins and Clint Capela will be fantastic. The Hawks will undeniably have to add veteran leadership to the squad this off-season, but this was a big move for them.
Houston Rockets = B-
SF Robert Covington --- 12.8 PPG / 6 RPG
PF Jordan Bell --- 3.1 PPG / 2.9 RPG
Golden State 2024 second-round draft pick
Just ... meh. This trade has good and bad aspects. The Rockets get rid of Capela's large contract which will help to keep Harden and Westbrook fed, while increasing the likelihood of being able to sign a wing-man this summer. But you get rid of an All-NBA C and a 1st round pick in the process. Their starting lineup will be very small, which might work against Portland, the Clippers and OKC --- that won't fly against the Lakers, Denver, Utah or Dallas. We will see, but I don't love this trade from the contending Rockets.
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