With the Thursday NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington has been at the center of a whole lot of trade rumors.
Given how much Covington’s name has been mentioned, there obviously has to be some legitimacy to the rumors, and Covington understands that:
“It’s coming from somewhere,” said Covington, according to Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. “Somebody said something or somebody is trying to create a buzz. You never really know the truth until something actually happens.”
In 47 games this season, Covington is averaging 12.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 29.4 minutes per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line.
While the 29-year-old is not a knockdown shooter, he is decent enough to be classified as a 3-and-D guy, as Covington possesses the ability to guard multiple positions on the defensive end.
The Bellwood, Il. native, who played his collegiate basketball at Tennessee State, went undrafted in 2013 but eventually landed with the Houston Rockets.
He played just seven games during his rookie campaign with the Rockets, and in October 2014, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers after being waived by Houston.
Covington proceeded to spend parts of the next five seasons with the Sixers before ultimately being traded to the Timberwolves in a deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia last November.
In seven seasons, Covington owns career averages of 12.7 points, 5.6 boards and 1.7 steals across 29.8 minutes a night while making 40.6 percent of his field goal attempts, 35.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 81.2 percent of his foul shots.
The Sixers and Rockets are both reportedly interested in bringing Robert Covington back into the fold as they gun for a championship, though Minnesota is looking for a lot in return.