Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Robert Covington has received trade interest from the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, according to Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal.
The Timberwolves are expected to drive a hard bargain for Covington, who is a sound two-way player. Minnesota acquired Covington from the Sixers in the Jimmy Butler trade last season. He’s averaging 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season in 42 games this season while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Robert Covington is making $11,301,219 this season. He’s owed $12,138,345 next season and $12,975,471 in 2021-22.
The Sixers are looking for more shooters around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in order to take the next step. Their bench could also use a boost. Since Covington already has a rapport with the Sixers organization, it makes sense Philly is trying to bring the swingman back.
The Rockets are always looking for 3-and-D guys to play alongside James Harden, though a different report suggested they may no longer be in on Robert Covington. It would make sense for Houston to still have some level of interest in the forward because of his skill set.
The Mavs could use more help around stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, while the Lakers and Clippers are said to be looking for playmaking and perimeter aid.
You can never have enough guys on your team who play stellar defense and stretch the floor. Robert Covington fits that bill to a t, and the Timberwolves would be wise to get the best return possible for him so their future isn’t as bleak. Minnesota is on the fringes of playoff contention this season, but that's only because the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies are under .500.