The first big trade of the NBA trade deadline just went down.
The Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Denver Nuggets agreed to a multi-player trade early Wednesday morning that includes Robert Covington and Clint Capela, as well as other players and draft picks, according to ESPN.com.
The four-team deal sends Covington and Jordan Bell to Houston; Capela and Nenê to Atlanta; Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, Evan Turner and Jarred Vanderbilt to Minnesota; and Gerald Green and Keita Bates-Diop to Denver.
The Timberwolves also receive a 2020 first-round pick from Atlanta via the Brooklyn Nets, and the Nuggets get a first-round pick from Houston. Minnesota also shipped former Knick Noah Vonleh to the Nuggets, according to the report.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
As for Green, he will give up his right to veto being included in this deal, a source told ESPN. The well-traveled veteran, 33, has that right because of the one-year Bird restriction, but he’s out for the year because a broken foot. He’s expected to be waived and continue his rehab.
Covington, 29, gives the Rockets — who are 32-18 and in fifth place in the Western Conference — a versatile forward who can shoot the 3 and play solid defense. He’s averaging 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds this season to go along with 2.3 3-pointers per game.
The 25-year-old Capela, who has been sidelined with a heel injury, was the most valuable trade asset available on the Rockets’ roster. According to ESPN, he makes $14.9 million this year and has successive seasons paying him $16 million, $17.1 million and $18.2 million on the books.
He’s averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds a game for the Rockets.