Robert Covington is traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Trevor Ariza and two first-round picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wojnarowski tweeted the deal a few minutes ago.
The Rockets are finalizing a trade to send Robert Covington to Portland for Trevor Ariza and 2020 first-round pick and 2021 protected first-round pick, sources have told ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 17, 2020
The 29-year-old forward is a seven-year veteran with tours in Philadelphia and Minnesota as well as Houston. He’s played all three frontcourt positions during his career, although he’s only 6’7. He holds career averages of 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on 40.6% shots from the field, 35.6% from the three-point arc. He played 22 games for Houston last season, averaging 11.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in 33 minutes per game.
Ariza is in the final year of his contract and is expected to earn $ 12.8 million in the coming season. Covington will earn $ 12.1 million in 2020-2021, $ 13.0 million in 2021-2022.
Stay tuned, as our own Eric Griffith will be coming soon with an analysis of the trade, history and utility of Covington, as well as the implications of the cap.