After an ESPN story broke Sunday about the Houston Rockets engaging in serious talks to move Clint Capela, there are several floating rumors to break down.
All eyes of the sports world were on the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday for Super Bowl LIV, including many Houston Rockets fans. Then with one tweet, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski set NBA Twitter abuzz in the middle of the game, posting a story about Houston being engaged in several serious trade talks centered around Clint Capela.
In the story, Wojnarowski explains how the Atlanta Hawks have talked with the Rockets about Capela along with the Boston Celtics. In a follow-up tweet on Monday, Woj gave more information about Houston’s strategy as the trade deadline approaches.
“The Atlanta Hawks remain a possible landing spot for Capela,” the tweet said. “The Rockets are pursuing first-round picks to flip into a deal for a wing player and another center. Robert Covington and Andre Iguodala are among several Houston targets.”
While no more Woj bombs regarding the situation have been released yet, the feeling around the situation is Capela is as good as gone if Houston can find someone willing to work with them over the next few days. CNBC writer Jabari Young even cited an anonymous Western Conference executive as saying “They’re done with Capela.”
As such, speculation has begun from several sources regarding what a potential deal with the likes of Minnesota, Atlanta and Boston could look like. Some of these rumors make more sense than others, so let’s break down what’s being speculated.
Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated tossed out a few ideas of how things could unfold, starting with a way to acquire defensive ace, Robert Covington.
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