The Hawks pursuit of a big man to pair with Trae Young has ended.
In a truly absurd four-team trade, the Hawks have acquired Rockets big man Clint Capela, taking on Nene at this same time. The Rockets, meanwhile, receive Robert Covington to aid their Western Conference playoff run. The other two teams in the trade, the Nuggets and Wolves, chipped in various assets to make this mess agreeable.
Good luck keeping that straight.
For Minnesota, the question remains whether or not this deal aids them in their pursuit of Warriors star D'Angelo Russell. Will the likes of Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner or a first-round pick be enough to entice Golden State?
Jordan Bell is also being sent to Houston as part of this trade, filling a center void for the Rockets for now. The Rockets' style is suitable to a three-and-D wing like Covington, but they now lack the inside presence. Perhaps another move is in the works, as Houston hasn't lived up to expectations so far this season.
The Nuggets chose to partake in this deal because why the hell not? They did add to their bench in the form of G Shabazz Napier and F Noah Vonleh.
Yeah, we can't keep up either. The NBA Trade Deadline is just over a day away, but at the very least we can take solace in the fact that this (we hope) is the most complicated deal we'll see.