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Brian Scalabrine 'disappointed' Celtics didn't trade for Clint Capela at deadline

Brian Scalabrine 'disappointed' Celtics didn't trade for Clint Capela at deadline

The 2020 NBA trade deadline was an eventful one, but not for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics.

The C's decided to stand pat despite being connected in trade rumors to players like Clint Capela, Andre Drummond, and Davis Bertans. That means unless they peruse the buyout market (Tristan Thompson, perhaps?), they'll march toward the playoffs with their current group.

Boston's decision to stay quiet at the deadline didn't sit well with Brian Scalabrine, who believes the Celtics will need a legitimate center in order to compete with their top Eastern Conference foes in the postseason.

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During Thursday's 2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show on the NBC Sports MyTeams App, Scal explained why he particularly came away disappointed when the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a trade for Capela instead of the C's (video above).

When Clint Capela went to Atlanta, I was disappointed. I heard the asking price was high. I heard it was going to be one of the core five players that the Celtics have. I'm not sure I would have done that, but man, Clint Capela would have been a great addition. And I only say that because Brad Stevens needs 15 to 18 minutes a game of a rim-running threat.

I do believe that for them to compete with the teams that you mentioned -- Toronto, Philly, Milwaukee -- I need a big that can go over the top. I need a big that can rebound at his position. I need a big that can defend the rim. Right now we're OK at that position, but OK doesn't get it done when Giannis is coming downhill at your head.

The Celtics have been solid in the rebounding department this season despite their lack of size. They entered Thursday ranked No. 13 in the league in rebounds per game (45.4). Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis have done a tremendous job in their respective roles at the center position.

That said, Scalabrine does make a solid point. It'll be an uphill battle when the Celtics have to go up against bigger teams like the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers in a seven-game series. Capela, who's averaging 13.8 points and 13.9 rebounds this season, would have helped alleviate those concerns.

As nice as it may have been to add a big man or a bench scorer at the deadline, nothing will be more important for Boston going forward than staying healthy. The Celtics have been plagued by injuries throughout the campaign, and last week Ainge cited health as their No. 1 trade deadline need.

The C's (35-15) currently hold a third-place spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Bucks and Toronto Raptors.

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NBA Rumors: Potential Celtics trade target Clint Capela sent to Hawks in four-team deal

NBA Rumors: Potential Celtics trade target Clint Capela sent to Hawks in four-team deal

One potential Boston Celtics trade target is now off the market with just a couple days left before the 2020 NBA trade deadline.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets have agreed to a four-team deal that will send Rockets center Clint Capela to the Hawks.

According to Wojnarowski, these are the terms of the deal.

  • Rockets get: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell
  • Hawks get: Clint Capela, Nene
  • Timberwolves get: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt, Evan Turner, first-round pick from Atlanta (via Nets)
  • Nuggets get: Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop, first-round pick from Houston

There are a lot of moving parts to this deal and a couple of former Celtics on the move in Turner and Green. But overall, this is a pretty sensible move for all sides. The Rockets add more 3-point shooting. The Hawks get a true center in Capela for their roster. The Timberwolves add assets in Beasley and the Nets pick. And the Nuggets get veteran depth while adding a future first-round pick.

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As far as the Celtics are concerned, this deal further showcases that they weren't really in the mix for Capela. With the team reportedly not willing to trade any of their top five players, they would've had to throw together a package of picks and salary filler to land Capela. And ultimately, that wasn't an appealing enough move for the team.

Capela is averaging 13.9 points and 13.8 rebounds per game this season. He'll have a chance to visit the TD Garden on Friday, but he's unlikely to suit up as he deals with a thumb injury.

We'll soon see if the Celtics make a move before the 2020 NBA trade deadline. But even if they do, it probably will be a smaller move and won't compare at all to the Boston Red Sox trade of Mookie Betts that occurred on Tuesday night.

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NBA Rumors: Could Celtics be part of three-team trade for Clint Capela?

NBA Rumors: Could Celtics be part of three-team trade for Clint Capela?

Here's a question worth asking amid the Clint Capela trade rumors: What's in it for the Houston Rockets to deal their talented young big man?

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor provided context Monday night, noting the Rockets are one of several teams interested in Minnesota Timberwolves wing Robert Covington.

According to O'Connor, that's where the Boston Celtics could come in.

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"Acquiring Covington isn’t simple for the Rockets; they’d need to find a third team for Capela," O'Connor wrote. "Atlanta, Boston, and Brooklyn are among the teams that Houston has approached for the center."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Boston has engaged Houston in trade talks, and that the Rockets covet first-round picks they can leverage to acquire another center and a wing, which may be Covington.

The Celtics likely will have three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft -- one of which Houston may have particular interest in.

"The Celtics have a top-six-protected first from the Grizzlies that will become unprotected next year that they could dangle in a trade ... as well as rookie wing Romeo Langford," O'Connor wrote.

Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge admitted Monday that his team may have "too many" young players, so it would make sense to deal a rookie like Langford and a first-round draft pick to acquire a more experienced big like Capela, who's averaging 13.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in his sixth NBA season.

The Celtics would need to include at least another veteran like Daniel Theis and/or Vincent Poirier to make salaries match -- Capela is making $14.9 million this season and will make $16 million next season -- but it appears the Rockets may have interest as part of their larger quest to land Covington.

Ainge also insisted the C's are comfortable with their three-man center rotation of Theis, Enes Kanter and Robert Williams, but Williams hasn't played since Dec. 6 and Theis suffered a sprained right ankle Monday night.

O'Connor noted the Hawks currently are the "most likely" destination for Capela if Houston moves him, but a lot can change between now and Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

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