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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Jessica Camerato: Sixers make Covington’s contract extension official:
Josh Hart: Congrats to the big bro @Robert Covington ‼️ Thats deserved not given
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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Paul Henning: Take it for what it is. But, @GeryWoelfel is close to Jabari and the Parker family. This morning @1057FMTheFan he reports Jabari was “very, very close to being traded” at deadline, feels there is “slim to none” chances that Jabari is on Bucks next season. Describing it as a mutual fallout between Bucks/Jabari that is rooted in Kidd’s treatment of Jabari since he was drafted. Bucks hold the cards with Jabari’s Restricted Free Agency ability to match. But, losing Jabari for nothing would be a huge blow to this teams future.
And while Thomas sees himself as a starter, he told The Times he wouldn’t rule out returning to the Lakers in a role similar to what he has now, coming off the bench for significant minutes. “I like it here, I like the situation I’m in, the system, coaching staff,” Thomas said. “Organization’s been great to me. If things work out I would love to be here. You just never know. With free agency you’ve got to keep your options open. I have no complaints since I’ve stepped foot and put a Laker uniform on.”
Thomas knows that. And he knows what will be important to him this summer. “Obviously I want to make a lot of money, but I want to be where I’m wanted at and where the team wants me to be who I am,” Thomas told The Times. “And that’s being an All-Star. Being a special guard in this league.”
“I want to be great,” Thomas said. “I want to win MVP, I want to continue to be an All-Star. Their goals probably aren’t that yet. Coming straight into the league especially at 19, 20 years old. They’re in it for the experience just to figure things out on their own. And then on top of getting to the playoffs and winning championships, I want all that and it might not be their mindset yet. But at the same time being on this team I’m trying to put that in their heads that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Why not think big?”
Zach Lowe: What [did Kemba Walker] wanna know about [potentially getting traded after the Adrian Wojnarowski report came out]? Steve Clifford: I think I was more proactive with him, just explaining to him that A) there’s no untradeable player. Go back through NBA history, and player could be traded. But B) I told him it would be very difficult to find a scenario where he could be traded. And the fact that there were rumors, which is gonna happen, is because he’s such a good player making less money than he’s worth by a lot. So of course, there were gonna be calls.
Steve Clifford: That was the first part of it. Then I know after shootaround, by the time we had gotten back to the arena that night, Michael Jordan had called him and spoke to him, and explained to him that we weren’t looking to trade him. And basically we went through the whole thing. Kemba said that Michael was very forthcoming and said, ‘Listen. If there is an unbelievable trade with Player A and Player B, and it would make our team a lot better, of course, anybody could be traded.’ But then I explained to him, ‘Look, you’re not gonna be traded. You’re gonna be here. You’re the face of our franchise.’ And I thought Kemba handled it great.
Alex Kennedy: Have you had any conversations with NBA teams [since being waived by New Orleans]? Jordan Crawford: Yeah, I actually worked out for two playoff teams recently, so I’ve been in contact. After going to them and the feedback from them was that I’m ready and I’m in shape. I’m a veteran. Because I’ve been showing how humbled I’ve been, I’ve been going to the [G League] and I did Summer League before, I don’t want people to think that I just, that I have to prove myself every time to be on a roster. I carry myself as a professional.