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While you were sleeping the Hawks added a huge piece to their rebuild puzzle by acquiring Clint Capela in a 4 team deal. Though the deal is not yet official Capella will satisfy a huge need that the Hawks have in the middle. Put another feather in the cap of Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk because he basically turned the Taurean Prince trade into assets to ultimately land a starting caliber center for the next 3-4 years.
There are a lot of moving pieces in this trade between the 4 teams but the Hawks basically gave up Evan Turner and the pick that they obtained from Brooklyn in the Taurean Prince deal. Here is a more simplified outlook:
- Minnesota 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 Clint Capela and Nene Hilario
- Houston receives Robert Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota and an Atlanta 2024 second-round pick via the Golden State Warriors.
- Atlanta is waiving Chandler Parsons and his expiring $25.1 million contract to create roster space to complete the four-team trade.
The Hawks are currently ranked 24th in the league in rebounding and that just added the #4 rebounder in the NBA. This isn’t brain surgery here. Capela is 25 yrs old and is owed 14 mil this year and 16, 17 and 18 in the remaining years of his contract which is far less than the Hawks would have paid for a re-sign of Andre Drummond.
From an strategy stand point this isn’t just a plug and play and things will immediately be better situation. There will have to be some adjusting on how John Collins and Capela can both play together and what the spacing on the floor will look like. This is problem that Head Coach Lloyd Pierce is happy to have.
Stay tuned to the Hawksbeat for more coverage on trade deadline moves and be on the lookout for more reaction and analysis on this trade.