Evan Turner Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves, Keita Bates-Diop to Denver Nuggets

By Kevin Harrish on February 5, 2020 at 1:30 am
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A massive four-team trade in the NBA has two Buckeyes on the move with Evan Turner heading from Atlanta to Minnesota and Keita Bates-Diop from Minnesota to Denver, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's a complicated trade, but effectively, Turner is taking Bates-Diop's place with the Timberwolves, which led to a fun exchange between the two Buckeyes on Twitter.

Minnesota becomes Turner's sixth team since he was drafted by the 76ers as the No. 2 overall pick in 2010. Since joining the league, he's also spent time with the Pacers, Celtics, Trail Blazers and most recently the Hawks, where he's played a career-low 13.2 minutes per game this season.

Bates-Diop, in just his second year in the NBA, joins his second team after he was drafted in the second round by the Timberwolves in 2018. During his time in Minnesota, Bates-Diop averaged just over 17 minutes per game in a reserve role, scoring six points and pulling down 2.9 rebounds per game.

According to Wojnarowski, the trade will also send Robert Covington and Jordan Bell to Houston; Clint Capela and Nene to Atlanta; Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt and an Atlanta first-round pick via the Nets to Minnesota; and Gerald Green, Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and a Houston first-round pick to Denver.

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