BREAKING: Houston Rockets Trade Robert Covington To Western Conference Rivals Portland Trailblazers

Published 11/16/2020, 11:44 PM EST


The Houston Rockets have seemingly taken the first step in blowing up their team. After days of people reporting that James Harden and Russell Westbrook both want to get out of the team, the Rockets have taken the first step for a rebuild. Robert Covington, whom the Rockets acquired in a four-team trade in February from Minnesota, will be getting traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Covington was a small-ball center and power forward for the Rockets, stretching the floor and protecting the paint. However, Houston gave up their budding center Clint Capela to Talanta to get Covington. The Blazers will send forward Trevor Ariza back to Houston, along with two first-round picks. They will get right to Portland’s 16th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Along with that, they will also get a protected 2021 draft pick.

The details of the protection haven’t been revealed.

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To clarify: The Blazers are sending Houston the 16th pick in Wednesday's draft and another future first-round pick, per sources. Deal can't be finalized until after Wednesday's draft. https://t.co/hvBf6JppS5

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 17, 2020

This is a terrific move for the Blazers, as they add depth in a position that has been brought with injuries. They lost power forward Zach Collins twice last season. With them also having to bring back Carmelo, adding Covington adds much-needed front-court depth.

Houston Rockets entering rebuild mode?

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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (left) celebrates with guard James Harden (13) after dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of game three in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Considering they recouped two picks for Covington, it is obvious where they are heading. New GM Rafael Stone will need to get the picks that Daryl Morey had to give away to go all-in on their team. However, it will be very hard for them to get back the lump sum of picks they gave the OKC Thunder for Russell Westbrook. Unless they trade away James Harden. But that is yet to be seen.

Ariza doesn’t really provide anything to help the Rockets get better. The fact he came with two first-round picks shows that this is a clear downgrade in personnel. However, Ariza has been an impactful three-and-d wing in his NBA career and can definitely still contribute. However, no one can argue that the Rockets are definitely taking a step back from competing in the crowded Western Conference. Or maybe they use these picks to get someone else to accompany Harden and Westbrook.

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It isn’t looking too good in Houston right now. Hopefully, they know which direction they are headed in.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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