Robert Covington Rumors

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Robert Covington
Robert Covington
Position: F
Born: 12/14/90
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:209 lbs. / 94.8 kg.
Salary: $11,301,219
In a Monday appearance on flagship radio station SportsTalk 790 in Houston, Tilman Fertitta explained his reasons for optimism: We have as good a chance as anybody. You have Russ and James, who want this, and P.J., and Eric and Covington, it’s just a really good team. And then [Danuel] House and [Austin] Rivers. When you start looking at our eight-man rotation, you just go ‘Wow, this is pretty darn good.’
Robert Covington: Thru this tough time in our world. We came together to really help bring about a change in the comuntiy. Protestors and rioters are different. We don’t need to diminish our neighborhoods with vandalism. That’s not the message behind any of this. Standing up bringing awareness to the situations only brings change. We have to think about the generation behind us, and what they will have to endure. Why not start with us leading the way. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏾✊🏻✊🏿
Fortunately, not everything was as it seemed when it came to the test results. “I get to this moment where I’m sitting in my mom’s room and something within me is just [thinking] something’s not right,” said Covington. “Come to find out, we get a second opinion and have them look at the results. They realize that there’s a faulty reading. The machine somehow had broken during the test and that’s what caused the faulty reading. Then I get the reading back and it turns out I don’t have an enlarged heart.”
The road to being an NBA standout has been far from easy for Covington, as he recently discussed on an episode of Next Level Leaders with Dr. Joseph Walker, III. “There were so many people that told me I couldn’t do this that it made me want to do it even more because I wanted to prove them wrong,” said Covington. “I didn’t get invited [to the NBA Draft Combine] at first. I found out through Twitter that I had gotten invited because some people had dropped out. I ended up going to the combine and that’s where I started to turn heads. I put my name right back out there.”
Storyline: Draft Combine
Skyy Clark will finish out his high school career at basketball-rich Brentwood Academy, and — though he hasn’t been able to play on the Nike circuit this spring because of cancellations related to the coronavirus pandemic — he’s still getting reps in on the court. And Clark has found some talented running mates to help sharpen his game.
The majority of people who sit in traffic to watch their favorite teams play probably aren’t salivating at defensive efficiency or how many deflections a player will get. Covington is well aware that defending has become a lost art, but he still takes a tremendous amount of pride in it. “Defense is so important to me because it’s not a lot of people that, you know, are engaging in that, like, that take on that challenge,” Covington said. “So for me to be effective in everything I do and be effective on the court, I have to able to defend.”
The same happened in Philadelphia. Pierce took Covington under his wing and worked at the craft. He saw the level that Covington could reach but he had to tap into it, nothing would come easy. Whether it was by way of unique drills, hours and hours of film, or just down-to-earth mentoring, the two worked tirelessly. His All-Defense selection was the crowning moment in four years of blood, sweat, and tears.
“I mean just from having a coach that really put an emphasis on a lot of things,” Covington said of Pierce. “Lloyd Pierce was the best coach when it came to bringing that out of me. He gave me challenges, made me guard, he gave me opportunities to put myself in better positions to understand the different dynamics of defense. I watched elite defenders from previous years. that’s just how I became able to do a lot.”
What separates Covington from other defenders is the psychological aspect of the game. Of course, someone so versatile and with intangibles could be used in a number of schemes and produce results. But at the end of the day, Covington wants the primetime matchups. He gets a kick out of stopping the cream of the crop scorers. “I’m an elite defender,” Covington declared. “So it’s eliteness on eliteness. You know, it’s going to be plays where they’re going to make tactical plays [on offense] and there’s going to be plays where I get tactical on defense.”
Is Robert Covington on the Warriors’ radar for acquiring someone with the Iguodala trade exception? That’s definitely been a buzzworthy name, for obvious reasons. The Warriors have been fans of Covington’s for years, but I think the addition of Wiggins minimized Covington’s potential impact on Golden State. There are other names I think would be more logical for the Warriors. After all, Golden State could use a proven point guard to come off the bench and help lead the second unit. Eric Bledsoe, Ricky Rubio and Dennis Schroder all make sense.
Storyline: Robert Covington Free Agency
Is Robert Covington on the Warriors’ radar for acquiring someone with the Iguodala trade exception? That’s definitely been a buzzworthy name, for obvious reasons. The Warriors have been fans of Covington’s for years, but I think the addition of Wiggins minimized Covington’s potential impact on Golden State. There are other names I think would be more logical for the Warriors. After all, Golden State could use a proven point guard to come off the bench and help lead the second unit. Eric Bledsoe, Ricky Rubio and Dennis Schroder all make sense.
Storyline: Robert Covington Free Agency
“That’s what I’m here for,” Covington said. “Being able to be that in the lineup we have, I’m able to add more versatility. The guys can do a lot on this team, but me being the elite defender I’m accustomed to being, just adding value to this team, just spacing the floor. It shows that we can do a lot. We can be very, very good at it. We just gotta keep building and I keep learning the system. I can get even better because this is a test. I was just out there just playing, and my teammates were talking me through a lot of things. A couple plays, ‘If you continue to do that, it’s gonna be a lot of things we ain’t gotta do’. But my teammates put me in the right position and I just did what I was asked to do.”
You said two months ago you did not think you would make a deal. What changed your sentiments? Morey: “It was really just Covington becoming available. We’ve been working on that for a long time. We thought he’d be a perfect piece to play the style we thought would be best for two superstars on our roster. Clint is an extremely good player and one we did not want to give up. But it was required in this deal. Without the perfect piece for how we wanted to play becoming available, Clint would still be here. That was really the only way to get this done.”
The second one went off after, when an exasperated Towns laid bare his feelings about the team’s struggles and losing his close friend Robert Covington in a trade late on Tuesday night. “I’ve been losing for a long time,” Towns said. “I’m not trying to do that shit anymore. So every possession means a lot. You obviously see my patience running low with a lot of things. There’s no excuses. We gotta get it done.”
For Minnesota, those potential draft assets could be useful in talks with Golden State on a Russell trade, or elsewhere in deals at the trade deadline or in this offseason. The Timberwolves have been engaged with Golden State in talks on a package that includes Russell in recent weeks, league sources said.

Clippers interested in Thompson, Love and Dedmon

The Clippers have been aggressive, no surprise considering they have the $11.5 million Mo Harkless contract and a first round pick to deal. Considering if LA doesn’t trade the pick it can’t deal another one until we colonize Mars, there is some urgency in the LA front office to get a deal done. The Clippers have kicked the tires on Kevin Love and could grab disgruntled Kings center Dewayne Dedmon, but neither are preferred options. There is some interest in Tristan Thompson in LA’s front office, per sources, as LA’s coaching staff has fretted about the team’s rebounding, particularly when Ivica Zubac is off the floor. Wing depth is a consideration for the Clippers, with Robert Covington and Iguodala among the possibilities discussed.
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The Athletic: Does that cut both ways, I wonder? Like if the front office makes a move that wasn’t on your radar and then in hindsight you’re looking at it saying, ‘I’m not sure I like that…’ Karl-Anthony Towns: I think it would hurt the star player or player (that’s) highly regarded in the organization if they didn’t feel confidence in the front office. I do. I feel very confident in Gerss and (coach) Ryan (Saunders) and all of them. So like I said, whatever they do, I’m going to support because I know they’re trying to make the right decisions for us to win.
Storyline: Andrew Wiggins Trade
The Star-Tribune: So you’d understand it, even if it would be tough to take? Karl-Anthony Towns: I mean, you’ve been through my journey. You’ve seen how much change I went through. Obviously there’s a lot of decisions (where), obviously, as a person — person to person — you obviously don’t like, and as a player you may not like, but it’s something you’ve got to live with. And that comes with just having trust in those guys, so I’m not going to say either — anything. Like I said, I don’t get paid to make those decisions. Those are tough decisions, but here’s to hoping that I see Cov on Friday I guess. … Look man, he’s a great guy, a great dude. He’s a great player. He’s helped me tremendously and he’s continuing to help me every day. He just gives me such comfort out there.
The Star-Tribune: How much would you want Cov to stay here, because he’s been a focus of all this? Karl-Anthony Towns: I mean I think it’s very, very, very — for you, especially (he says to beat reporter Chris Hine) — I think it’s very obvious (that) he’s my best friend on the team, so it would be very difficult if something like that was going to happen. Um, you know, but like with Zach LaVine (who was traded from Minnesota to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler trade in June 2017) , you know this is a business. So like I said, I’m the one who just plays the game. I don’t get paid to make rosters and stuff like that. That’s why we have Gerss and them, so…
“If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t,” Covington said after Wolves’ shootaround Monday in Sacramento, where the Wolves were hoping to halt their second 11-game losing streak of the season. “That’s just the way I’ve learned to approach it. If you get caught up in it, then that’s when it deteriorates — not deteriorates your mind, but gets you to overthinking about stuff, and I ain’t doing that.”
Storyline: Robert Covington Trade?
Would Towns still be happy if Covington was one of the players the front office felt like it had to deal? “I think it’s very obvious he’s my best friend on the team, so it would be very difficult if something like that was going to happen,” Towns said. “But like with Zach LaVine, this is a business. So like I said, I’m the one who just plays the game. I don’t get paid to make rosters and stuff like that. That’s why we have [Rosas] and them.”
A little over a year later, Covington finds himself again at the center of trade rumors, with ESPN national reporter Adrian Wojnarowski saying on his podcast he expects the Wolves to move Covington before Thursday’s trade deadline. This time, Covington has been hardened to the whole process, and he’s insistent that he isn’t focused on these latest rumors.
Storyline: Robert Covington Trade?
Covington prefers not to think of the possibilities at all. He said he wasn’t going to address these rumors with President Gersson Rosas since last time he tried doing that in Philadelphia it offered no help. “I did that before [in Philadelphia] and I was told things one way,” Covington said. “But overall I’m just focused on me going out and playing each and every night. I don’t get caught up in that.”