As trade rumors and activity are heating up around the league, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a tweet indicating that the Denver Nuggets are “serious candidates” in a potential four-team trade involving the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks:
Among the serious candidates to emerge as a new fourth team in this trade scenario, league sources tell ESPN: The Denver Nuggets. Talks with teams elsewhere are ongoing too. https://t.co/77s2keXl9a— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 2020
Reports of a trade between those three teams have been ongoing all day as the Wolves search for assets to potentially flip to Golden State for D’Angelo Russell, the Hawks look for a center and the Rockets pine for another wing defender.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania provided a bit more color on this potential deal, indicating that Robert Covington would go to Houston, Clint Capela to Atlanta and other assets to Minnesota.
Sources: Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston are in serious discussions on a deal that would send Robert Covington to Rockets and Clint Capela to the Hawks. Evan Turner and draft compensation involved in current talks to Timberwolves. Potential fourth team too.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2020
So where does Denver come in?
These details mean that despite previous rumors and speculation, the Nuggets would not be landing Covington. Instead, it is much more likely they are playing the role of facilitator and would instead be possibly throwing in a guy like Malik Beasley or Juancho Hernangomez in hopes of getting a draft pick back - Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported earlier today that Denver is looking for some form of draft compensation for either of those players.
As of now, no further detail about Denver’s involvement has been reported. Stay tuned for updates.