The Houston Rockets are said to be shaking things up again.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Rockets would trade Robert Covington for the Portland Trail Blazers for Trevor Ariza, the 16th pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft and a protected first-round pick in 2021.
He noted that the exchange can only be finalized after the project.
It’s yet another move for the Rockets, who have already parted ways with general manager Daryl Morey and head coach Mike D’Antoni. It might not be the last either, because Jonathan figs of Houston Chronicle reported that Russell Westbrook wants to be traded so he can “be himself” on the floor.
What else, Wojnarowski reported that James Harden turned down a two-year, $ 103 million contract extension because “he’s particularly focused on a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.”
Houston’s loss will be Portland’s win, as Covington can give the Blazers someone to play against Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and take advantage of the open space as a career 35.6% three-point shooter.
He’s also a strong secondary goalscorer who has averaged double-digit totals every season since his 2013-14 rookie. The result is 12.7 points per game in a career that includes saves on the Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Covington can also contribute on the defensive side as a rebounder and a solid perimeter option that bothers shooters with his length. Adversaries coup 3.8 percentage points lower than their normal three-point range averages last season when he defended them, according to NBA.com.
Portland could use the defensive assist if it’s over 27e in the league in defensive odds in 2019-20.
As for Ariza, he provides at least one veteran option for the Rockets and can strike from the outside as well as a career three-point shooter at 35.2%. It will come in handy if Harden and Westbrook still attract so much defensive attention for Houston.