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Timberwolves’ Robert Covington not sweating rumors as NBA trade deadline nears

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Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Robert Covington is drawing interest from multiple teams with the trade deadline looming, but the swingman says he’s not focused on that at all.

Covington is focusing all of his attention on the Timberwolves and not paying any attention to NBA trade rumors:

“I’m not even focused on that,” Covington said recently, via Chris Hine of the Star Tribune. “My main focus is this team and what I do every day. I’m not going to get caught up in rumors or hype or whatnot. I’m a Minnesota Timberwolf. That’s all my focus is.”

The Timberwolves are expected to drive a hard bargain for Covington, who is a sound two-way player.

The Timberwolves acquired Covington from the Sixers in the Jimmy Butler trade last season. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season in 41 games while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.

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. 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, and the Mavs could use more help around Luka Doncic.

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 bleak.