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Rapid Reaction: Capela Goes to Atlanta, RoCo to Houston in 4-Team Deal

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Feb 5, 2020

Michael Waterloo breaks down the impact of a four-team trade involving Clint Capela and more.

What a crazy night in the sports world Tuesday night. In case you missed it, there was a huge four-team trade that took place that had the Sports Twitter crowd going crazy with anticipation.

Oh, yeah. There was also a four-team MLB trade with Mookie Betts heading out to Los Angeles.

Is that what you thought we were talking about? 

No, it was the four-team deal between the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, and Denver Nuggets that took place.

But like the Betts trade (don’t worry, we have that covered over on the fantasy baseball side of things), the pieces kept adding on. Here is what each team ended up with:

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OK, all caught up now?

We’ll take a look at the winners, losers, and those whose value stays the same with the deal from a fantasy perspective.


Malik Beasley (PG/SG – MIN)
Beasley could be the biggest winner here of the bunch. He’s in a contract year, and with Timberwolves in full tank mode, you could see 29-30 minutes per night for Beasley, which would make him a borderline top 75 option the rest of the season. He put up 15.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 3 threes per game when he filled in as a starter last year for Denver.

Danuel House Jr. (SG/SF – HOU)
The hope here is that Eric Gordon moves to the bench and House starts at small forward moving forward. He’s been an inconsistent up-and-down player, but he’s in the middle of another hot stretch. He has 12-team backend potential.

P.J. Tucker (PF/C – HOU)
Tucker is already rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, so he’s already had value in standard leagues. He lacks true upside, but he’ll do enough across the board to warrant a roster spot, especially since he’s entrenched in the starting lineup. 

Juancho Hernangomez (SF/PF – MIN)
Hernangomez was a useful streamer in the latter part of the 2018-2019 season, and he is worth a flier now as a backend option. His Per 36 has him at 9.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. This is, assuming, that he slides into the starting lineup. 


Clint Capela (C – ATL)  and John Collins (PF/C – ATL)
We are going to put these two together because the acquisition of Capela has a direct correlation on both of their value. With Capela in Atlanta, Collins is getting bumped down to the PF, and it’s fine defensively, and it helps with Trae Young’s defensive limitations, but how are these two going to operate on offense together? It seems like it’s going to get muddy.

The Hawks are going to need Collins to be a pick-and-pop player, which we’ve seen isn’t his strong suit. 

Let’s break it down:

Player Less than five feet Five to nine feet Ten to 14 feet Fifteen to 19 feet
John Collins 71.9% 48.6% 23.1% 64.3%
Clint Capela 67.1% 37.3% 0% 50% (2 attempts)

One of these guys is going to have to develop a mid-range game, and it’s not going to be Capela. I put the minimum attempts of 10 to 14-foot range to 25 attempts (Collins has 26) and there were 136 players who were ranked. Collins came in at 135th with his 23.1% from that range. 

Both guys are still going to be good in fantasy, but both take a slight hit.

The addition of Capela hurts all of the big-man depth for the Hawks. Fernando still has a bright future in dynasty leagues, though. 

Every year, Napier has a stretch where he is a useful streamer. We saw that for about a month-long stretch this year, but it’s come to an end as the usage and playing time won’t be there for him in Denver.

Vonleh is a clear drop, as he’ll be fighting for minutes on a nightly basis. 

Stays the Same

Robert Covington (SF/PF – HOU)
Covington could return early- to mid-round value the rest of the year with the minutes alone, as he’s going to get at least 30 per night with the Rockets small-ball lineup. However, he’ll be losing a ton of touches to Russell Westbrook and James Harden each night. His value comes from his three-point shooting, which the Rockets lead the league in attempts per game. 

Jordan Bell (PF/C – HOU)
The Oregon product looked like he could be on the rise, but with Tucker starting at center and the Rockets looking to roll out small lineups, his value stays the same. He’ll need an injury to be worth streaming for blocks and rebounds. 

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Michael Waterloo is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Michael, check out his archive and follow him @MichaelWaterloo.

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