Timberwolves’ Robert Covington confirms he’s cleared to play
Per John Meyer of Forbes:
Covington says he’s been cleared to play again + Teague is testing this whole player/coach thing out. pic.twitter.com/sZx3fesipJ
— John Meyer (@thedailywolf) July 2, 2019
To recall, the 28-year-old forward underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on April 1. The swingman last played on Dec. 31. The Timberwolves acquired Covington from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Jimmy Butler trade in November. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 22 games with the Timberwolves. He also shot 43.3 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Covington, an undrafted prospect out of Tenessee State, has risen as one of the most reliable 3-and-D players in the league. In 2018, he was selected into the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
In the upcoming season, Covington is expected to move up and play the power forward spot. This is to fill in the void left by Dario Saric whom the Timberwolves traded to the Phoenix Suns. Gersson Rosas, the Wolves’ president of basketball operations, shared the news last month, per Dane Moore of Zone Coverage.
Gersson Rosas addressing the media after the reported trade said Robert Covington is a player who has his most success at the 4.
Without Saric, it appears Covington will be taking on an increased role at the 4.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) June 21, 2019
The Timberwolves will enter the 2019-2020 season with newly-minted head coach Ryan Saunders, who served as the team’s interim head coach after the firing of Tim Thibodeau in January. Saunders will be tasked to lead the young pack of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Okogie, Jeff Teague in the competitive Western Conference.