Rockets Trade Clint Capela, Acquire Robert Covington In 4-Team Deal

Rockets send Capela, Nene to Atlanta, Gerald Green to Denver, first round pick to Minnesota

Adam Spolane
February 05, 2020 - 12:55 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Rockets have acquired forward Robert Covington from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a four-team deal that will send Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks according to multiple media reports late Tuesday night.

Along with sending out Capela, the Rockets will send Nene to Atlanta, Gerald Green to Denver, and a first round pick to Minnesota.

Covington, 29, is averaging 12.8 points per game while shooting 34.6 percent from behind the three-point line.

He was a first-team all defense selection in 2018 and returns to the Rockets, who signed him in 2013 after he was undrafted out of Tennessee State. Houston waived him in 2014 and he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Tuesday is the second time he's been traded in the last 15 months after the Sixers sent him to Minnesota in exchange for Jimmy Butler.

Houston also acquires center Jordan Bell from Minnesota and the Golden State Warriors 2024 second round pick from Atlanta. 

The trade allows the Rockets to double-down on the small ball starting lineup they've played with over the last week while Capela sat out with a heal contusion.

They have won all four games he missed.

Capela has averaged 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game this season. He's in the second year of a five-year, $90 million contract.

Green and Nene have not appeared in a game for the Rockets this season.


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