Trail Blazers acquires Rockets’ Robert Covington in a proposed deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Robert Covington is on the move once again. The versatile player has been spent to the Portland Trail Blazers in a proposed deal.

Covington has been swapped for veteran Trevor Ariza. Plus, there are two first-round draft picks involved in the package.

Houston Rockets forward/center Robert Covington drives to the basket as Luguentz Dort defends him against the Oklahoma City Thunder
Robert Covington drives to the basket as Luguentz Dort defends him against the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by the Houston Rockets/Instagram)

The first of the first-round draft picks will come in Wednesday’s draft, as the Rockets have added Portland’s 16th overall pick. There will also be a future first-round draft pick in the deal.

With the Trail Blazers, Covington could either be the team’s starting small forward or even power forward. Ariza goes back to the Rockets, where he previously played.

If he is the small forward, he takes over for Carmelo Anthony. Presently, ESPN’s depth chart already has Covington has the team’s starting small forward with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkić in the starting lineup.

The 29-year-old Covington will be joining his fourth NBA team. He began his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a package that sent Jimmy Butler to the City of Brotherly Love.

He was then sent to the Rockets in a four-team trade on February 5, 2020.

Covington averaged 12.4 points per game in 70 games, including 68 starts. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game.

The long-time journey has played in nine NBA teams in his career. He has appeared in 1,064 games, including 731 starts.

Ariza — who is on the downside of his career — spent five seasons with the Rockets. This is actually his third tenure with the franchise.

He first played for the team during the 2009-10 season. Then, he returned to the team from 2014-15 through 2017-18.

The 35-year-old split this past season between the Sacramento Kings and the Trail Blazers. He appeared in 53 games, including 21 starts.

He averaged 8.0 points per game in 28.2 minutes per game. He also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks, as well.

In his career, he has averaged 10.5 points per game. He also had 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game.

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