Brian Seltzer: Bryan Colangelo calls Robert Covington “prime example of what hard work, dedication and commitment can lead to,” citing growth as two-way wing player. Also praises his “character and professionalism.” “This extension is both well-deserved, and a really great story.”
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Robert Covington’s new contract was far from his mind during the 76ers’ victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. But around 2 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, a little more than an hour after the game, he reflected on the deal that he is about to sign. “I’m blessed to be here another four years,” Covington said while getting dressed. “It’s an opportunity that I have been looking forward to. I developed here for four years, and now, I’m going to be here for another four more.”
Sources said Wednesday night that Covington would sign his contract within 48 hours. One source said the contract will be signed Friday. The Sixers were scheduled to fly back to Philadelphia late Thursday morning.
Derek Bodner: Rough numbers for the Covington extension: 2017-18: $16,698,103 2018-19: $10,018,862 2019-20: $10,820,371 2020-21: $11,621,880 2021-22: $12,423,389
Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington is finalizing the framework of a four-year, $62 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN. Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo and Covington’s representatives with CAA Sports are expecting a signed agreement as soon as the end of this week, league sources said.
Shams Charania: Sources: 76ers forward Robert Covington plans to sign a four-year, $62 million contract renegotiation-and-extension on Friday.
The deal will include a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington’s $1.57 million salary this season, plus an additional four years that’ll keep Covington under contract through the 2021-22 season.
Marc Stein: The widespread expectation: Roughly $15 million immediately injected into Robert Covington’s 2017-18 renegotiated season to set up a slightly reduced figure in subsequent extension years
When asked if he was confident a deal could get done with the Sixers, Covington, who turns 27 in December, said he was. “We definitely have been in talks with everything,” Covington said during the Sixers’ media day on Monday at their practice facility in Camden. “Both side are very open to what is going on and it is a matter of the right move that is going to be made.”
Covington said he would like to remain with the team, but admitted that nothing is certain. “Being part of everything that transpired in the past years, you definitely want to be part of that,” he said. “A lot of things are transitioning, but it is a business, and you definitely don’t know how things will pan out.”
The Philadelphia 76ers are interested in signing forward Robert Covington to an extension this offseason, according to a source with team knowledge.
As his contract is currently constructed, Covington, 26, is scheduled to make just $1.5 million for the 2017-18 season, which would make him one of the biggest bargains in the NBA. However, he is also set to hit unrestricted free agency following the season, and the organization doesn’t want to run the risk of losing him on the open market.
Derek Bodner: Bryan Colangelo says a Covington extension is “certainly something I think we want to address”. Wants to make him part of org on longer-term basis
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love hasn’t had one-on-one time with Los Angeles Lakers rookie and fellow UCLA Bruin Lonzo Ball. But Love has been keeping tabs on Ball’s first season in the NBA, watching some games from afar, including the Lakers’ matchup against the New York Knicks that was on the big TV in the Cavaliers’ locker room on Tuesday night. “You know what I love about him? He just goes about his business and just talks about winning games,” Love said following shootaround Thursday morning, ahead of the national TV showdown against the Lakers. “He says, ‘Nothing really matters unless we’re winning.’ I think him kind of speaking that into existence and also just preaching that at an early age is going to be big for him in the future. “I think, more than anything, that’s what I like to see from him. Obviously, when we cross the lines, none of us are friends, but I’ve appreciated him going about his business that way, at least to the media and to his teammates.”
Kevin Love: “Los Angeles is such a massive, giant media market. It’s tough. I don’t know what it would’ve been like for me if I would’ve gone from UCLA to the Lakers [like Lonzo Ball did]. From talent level, playing Thursdays and Saturdays and Thursdays and Sundays to then going up against the type of point guards we have in this league, while playing in Los Angeles, it’s a hell of a burden. But at least outside the lines, I know for sure, and going and working extremely hard, I know he’s been handling his business well, so you got to appreciate that.”
Lonzo Ball is averaging 8.9 points on 32.7 percent shooting and 25.8 percent from 3-point range to go with 6.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists. The Lakers are 10-16. “I think he’s shown a lot. He’s obviously had some trouble shooting the ball, but he’s had a lot of great gamesaclose to triple-double, triple-double games,” Kevin Love said. “Just getting used to his first time around the league. I think he’s shown a lot of bright flashes.”