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Robert Covington expected to sign contract extension with Sixers as soon as Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers small forward Robert Covington is expected to sign a contract extension with the team as soon as Wednesday, Nov. 15, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Covington has given every reason to entice a re-signing through the early get-go, averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game for a Sixers team that has talent on the rise.

The Sixers will have to re-negotiate his 2017-18 salary, which is expected to be around $15 million, setting up a decreasing contract scale for the years to follow.

The 26-year-old has shown the ability to be a reliable three-and-D mold player and has seemed to shake off his inconsistencies from the field, shooting a strong 48 percent from the floor, as well as 50 percent from deep — ranking in the top five in makes for the season.

Robert Covington has put up three 20-point outings in the last four games and has made 50 percent or more of his 3-point attempts in eight of his first 11 games this season, proving to be a key cog of this Sixers offense that already boasts great talent in rookie Ben Simmons and second-year center Joel Embiid.

A looming trade of Sixers center Jahlil Okafor can also create salary cap space for Covington’s re-negotiation for this year’s salary, if the team decides to do a trade-and-waive by only salvaging draft picks from a deal.