Several trade rumours have suggested that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington would move away from Minnesota this trade season. Many teams including Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are known to have a significant interest in Covington.
However, none of the proposed moves have panned out so far. The possible reason could be a huge asking price from the Wolves.
Marc Stein of NewYork Times reported that Wolves are demanding two first-round draft picks for the Covington.
“Ambitious as it sounds, Minnesota has sought two first-round picks in exchange for Robert Covington in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, league sources say. Let’s see where the Wolves land if/when they actually deal him, with Philly and Houston at the front of the RoCo line,” he tweeted.
This makes the prospect of Covington’s trade to teams like Lakers- who themselves are looking for draft picks- much more complex.
According to @wojespn, he is “very confident” that Robert Covington will be traded at some point this week.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 3, 2020
Covington joined the Timberwolves last season from the Sixers as a part of the Jimmy Butler trade last season. This season, he is averaging 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.
With the Wolves highly unlikely to make it to the playoffs this season, Covington could move to teams in contention.
Philadelphia 76ers & Houston Rockets could be a possible destination for Robert Covington
Philadelphia could be among the realistic destinations for Covington. The Sixers have been among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. With the team looking likely to make it to the playoffs, they would do good with the addition of a decent two-way player in their roster. The likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been leading the Sixers this season. Covington would be a good addition to assist them as well as improve their bench strength.
Another possible trade could be Covington moving to Houston. Recent reports suggest that the Rockets are looking to trade Clint Capela for trade assets. A possibility of the Rockets using the trade assets for Covington could then come into consideration.