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Rockets Trade Clint Capela to Hawks in Four-Team Deal

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A blockbuster multi-team trade happened on Tuesday night that has shaken the entire sports community. Can you believe the Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Bettis to the Los Angeles Dodgers?

There was also a significant trade in the NBA Tuesday night that will affect Fantasy Basketball owners as we approach the Fantasy playoffs.

The Rockets, Hawks, Timberwolves, and Nuggets were involved in a four-team, 12-player trade.

The trade sent Clint Capela and Nene to the Hawks, and the Rockets received Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, and a future second-round pick.

The Timberwolves received Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt, Evan Turner, and a 2020 lottery-protected first-round pick (from Atlanta, via Brooklyn).

The Nuggets got Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop, Gerald Green, and a 2020 first-round pick (from Houston).

This trade affects the Fantasy value of only a handful of players and I will only be addressing those players.

Rockets Trade Clint Capela to Hawks in 4-Team Deal

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Atlanta Hawks

Clint Capela, PF/C

Capela’s rebounding and block numbers will remain the same, but his scoring should increase in Atlanta.

The Rockets abandoned the pick-and-roll game, where Capela was effective and efficient, for iso-basketball. Capela is going to thrive playing the pick-and-roll with Trae Young, and getting plenty of easy lobs from Young.

Capela is averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists for the season, all of those should increase for him once he returns from his heel injury and suits up for the Hawks.

John Collins, PF/C

Clint Capela’s arrival means Collins’ rebounding and block number will dip slightly, but his scoring should be the same. Collins’ scoring could even increase if the Hawks turn him into a stretch-four; he is shooting 35.6 percent from three-point range this season. Fantasy owners shouldn’t worry about Collins’ production dipping because of the trade.

Houston Rockets

Robert Covington, SF/PF

Covington’s Fantasy owners should be jumping up and down in ecstasy because he is going to attempt a gazillion three-pointers each game. The Rockets lead the NBA in three-pointers attempted, and Covington is shooting 34.6 percent from three-point range. So, it’s a match made in heaven for Covington and the Rockets.

Jordan Bell, PF/C

Fantasy owners should take the wait-and-see approach with Bell. He could be a useful resource for rebounds but need to see how Mike D’Antoni uses him.

Russell Westbrook, (PG) and James Harden (PG/SG)

With Capela gone, it’s going to clear the lane for Westbrook and Harden to drive for easy buckets. A lot more free-throws are coming their way.

P.J. Tucker, SF/PF

Tucker is available in 52 percent of leagues (according to Yahoo leagues). If Tucker is on your waiver wire, go add him now because he is going to be the Rockets main rebounder. He’ll have huge rebounding games when the Rockets’ shooters inevitably go on a cold streak.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Malik Beasley, PG/SG

Beasley is currently owned in only 17 percent of leagues and should be immediately added. He has a fast lane into the Wolves’ starting lineup. When Beasley started in Denver, He averaged 15.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 3 three-pointers made. Minnesota needs scorers and Beasley can quickly fill that need for them.

Denver Nuggets

Michael Porter Jr. SF

Porter Jr. doesn’t have to worry about Malik Beasley siphoning off any of his minutes. Once Porter Jr. returns from his ankle injury, Fantasy owners should expect him to have an expanded role in the Nuggets’ offense.


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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