Pledging to bring the well-rounded game the Rockets coveted, Robert Covington arrived in Houston on Wednesday just hours after the Rockets pulled off a four-team, 12-player deal to get him from the Minnesota Timberwolves,
“It’s another great opportunity for me to be here,” Covington said after landing in Houston. “I have family, friends here, being with an organization that is right there. It’s a big opportunity for me. Just come in and do what I’ve been doing. They just said I bring value, bring so much to the table. I’m just going to bring that same energy every day here.”
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Covington began his career with the Rockets in 2013, playing seven games before he was waived and blossomed with the 76ers. He was the key piece in the trade last season that sent Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia.
The Rockets agreed to trade center Clint Capela to Atlanta and will include a first-round pick in the deal to add Covington’s versatile defensive skills and range shooting.
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Covington has averaged 12.8 points in his career and this season, making 43.5 percent of his shots and 34.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season with the Timberwolves. He is eighth in the NBA in steals, ninth in deflections this season.
The trade is not expected to be finalized until Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline and could take days to be officials, unless each team waives the right for a physical for all 12 players involved. The deal can also be expanded, with the Rockets pursuing additional trades that can be made a part of the already blockbuster deal.
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