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Hawks owner Tony Ressler honors Vince Carter with full-page ad

Vince Carter will never be best remembered for his tenure with the Atlanta Hawks, but the franchise went out of its way to pay tribute to him after he announced his retirement.

Carter was honored by Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler with a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carter spent the last two years of his iconic career with the Hawks. While he wasn’t a huge contributor to the stat sheet, averaging just five points per game off the bench this season, he clearly helped the team’s young players immensely. Just ask Trae Young what the experience of sharing a locker room with Carter meant to him.

This is a neat gesture by Ressler and the Hawks. It’s not every day you get to say farewell to a future Hall of Famer, even if they didn’t make their name with your franchise.

Rockets, Hawks, Timberwolves, Nuggets complete massive 12-player trade

Clint Capela Rockets

The Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets have completed a massive trade that saw 12 players switch teams.

The highlight of the deal is Clint Capela going to Atlanta and Robert Covington going to Houston, but there are plenty of other players involved.

Here is the rundown on what each team is getting and giving up:

ROCKETS
Get: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell
Give Up: Clint Capela, first-round pick, Nene, Gerald Green

HAWKS
Get: Clint Capela, Nene
Give Up: Evan Turner, First-round pick

TIMBERWOLVES
Get: Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Hawks first-round pick via Nets
Give Up: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh

NUGGETS
Get: Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Keita Bates-Diop, Gerald Green, first-round pick from Houston
Give Up: Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Juancho Hernangomez

The Rockets got Covington and moved Capela. Covington allows them to play small, and Capela was a weak spot in the playoffs. The move drops Houston below the luxury tax, which is something they wanted to accomplish. Houston has two open roster spots now.

Atlanta is now getting a big man to help strengthen their roster and give Trae Young another weapon. They also dumped Turner’s salary.

Minnesota’s big loss is Covington, but they did add a draft pick. The pick comes with the following conditions:

For Denver, both Beasley and Hernangomez sought trades, so they have moved on from them and added a pick, Napier and a few others.

In terms of total players involved, this is the largest NBA deal since the Patrick Ewing to Seattle trade in 2000, per Bobby Marks.

Report: Timberwolves working on four-team deal to land D’Angelo Russell

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been trying to acquire D’Angelo Russell in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, and they are reportedly going to great lengths to put together a package that works for the Golden State Warriors.

The T-Wolves have been working with the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks in hopes of orchestrating a four-team trade that would bring them Russell, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Minnesota does not want to part with a high draft pick as they continue to rebuild, but that is what the Warriors are seeking in any potential deal for Russell. That’s where the Rockets and Hawks could help.

According to Wojnarowski, a four-team deal could send Robert Covington from Minnesota to Houston, Clint Capela to Atlanta, and two first-round picks and an expiring contract to the Timberwolves. Minnesota would then have one or more draft picks to give the Warriors in exchange for Russell.

Even if they can’t land Russell, the Timberwolves might still be interested in making a deal with Atlanta and Houston to acquire additional draft capital to use in other trades.

Russell is averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. He has been a lone bright spot for a Warriors team that will have a good shot at landing the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft. There have been questions about how Russell and Stephen Curry will mesh together on the court when Curry returns from his lengthy injury absence.

The Timberwolves have reportedly explored trading one of their top players for Russell, but it does not sound like Golden State is interested. That is likely why Minnesota is trying to get more creative by involving other teams.

Pistons reportedly discussing Andre Drummond trade with Hawks, others

Andre Drummond is in position to become a free agent after the season, and the Detroit Pistons may not feel confident in their chances of re-signing him. That is likely why they are shopping the star big man in trade talks.

The Pistons have had discussions with the Atlanta Hawks and other teams about a potential Drummond trade, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. While no deal is imminent, teams reportedly believe Detroit will move the two-time All-Star before the trade deadline next month.

Drummond has a $28 million player option for the 2020-21 season that he will likely decline. The 26-year-old is averaging a career-high 17.6 points to go along with 15.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, and plenty of teams will be willing to offer him a max contract next summer. The Pistons can obviously offer him more, but Drummond may be ready to move to a better situation and perhaps team up with other star players.

We have already heard of at least one other team that has interest in acquiring Drummond, who appeared to hint this past offseason that he could be planning to leave Detroit.

Vince Carter re-signs with Hawks, expected to retire after season

Vince Carter is officially returning to play a 22nd NBA season, but he is planning on making it his last.

Carter has agreed to a deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks next season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported. He has also apparently decided that he will play just one more year.

Carter is 42, so it’s incredible that he is still considered an NBA-caliber player. He was productive for the Hawks last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. The eight-time All-Star has never won a championship, but he recently said he was not planning to chase a ring next season. He obviously has enjoyed his time in Atlanta and is comfortable ending his remarkable career there.

Chandler Parsons traded from Grizzlies to Hawks

Chandler Parsons Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have finally found a taker for Chandler Parsons.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Grizzlies have agreed to trade Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. Parsons was unable to come to an agreement on a buyout with Memphis, and the deal allows the Hawks to open up a roster spot.

Parsons, who has one year and roughly $25 million left on a contract that has turned into one of the worst in the NBA, looked like he was going to be moved prior to the trade deadline last season. He and the Grizzlies agreed to part ways after Parsons said he was fully recovered from a knee injury but the team still was not playing him. Memphis could not find a trade partner, however, so Parsons had to awkwardly return to the team for the remainder of the season.

Since he signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies prior to the 2016-17 season, Parsons has averaged less than 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. A fresh start should help him if he is indeed healthy.

Blazers reportedly trade Evan Turner to Atlanta for Kent Bazemore

Evan Turner

Evan Turner reportedly has a new home back east.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Portland Trail Blazers will trade Turner to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore.

This is essentially a swap of veteran wings who are entering contract years, but Bazemore should be a nice fit in Portland, a team with playoff ambitions in a potentially wide-open Western Conference. He’s a good defender who can shoot from three fairly capably. Turner, a reserve for Portland last year, essentially becomes a veteran leader on a young Atlanta team with a gift for a good quote from time to time.