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Rockets trade Robert Covington to Blazers for Trevor Ariza, picks amid James Harden chaos

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Amid the James Harden chaos, the Houston Rockets will be sending Robert Covington to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Trevor Ariza and a couple of draft picks.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Ariza, a 2020 first-round pick and a 2021 protected first-round pick will be shipped to Houston in exchange for Covington.

This will mark Trevor Ariza’s third stint with the Rockets. To recall, he was part of the team in the 2009-10 season, as well as from 2014 to 2018. Last season, the veteran forward donned the Sacramento Kings and the Trail Blazers jersey. He opted out of the bubble due to personal issues.

The Blazers will be Robert Covington’s fourth team in three seasons. He spent the 2018-19 season with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, followed by the Timberwolves and the Rockets the following year. RoCo played 22 regular season games and 12 playoff games for the Rockets in 2019-20. His 3-point shooting and defensive ability were his main assets for the then Mike D’Antoni-coached squad.

The Rockets and Blazers pulled off the transaction amid Harden’s request for a trade and his rejection of a two-year extension worth $103 million. After eight years in Houston, Harden believes that his window to win a title with the Rockets has closed.

Reports reveal that his ideal trade destination is the Brooklyn Nets where he could form a powerhouse trio with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. However, recent reports reveal that the Rockets will trade Harden away if and only if they’ll get either Durant or Irving in return.