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Report: Rockets, Mavs, Sixers interested in Timberwolves’ Robert Covington

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Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Robert Covington is receiving trade interest from the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers, according to The Athletic.

The Timberwolves are expected to drive a hard bargain for Covington, who is a sound two-way player:

Rival teams also say the market for forward Robert Covington has been heating up over recent days. Covington has become a coveted player, with his defensive prowess and outside shooting an ideal fit for most teams in the playoff hunt. Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia are among the teams who have expressed interest in Covington, but Minnesota is expected to drive a hard bargain, league sources said.

The Timberwolves acquired Covington from the Sixers in the Jimmy Butler trade last season. He’s averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists this season in 39 games while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Covington is making $11,301,219 this season. He’s owed $12,138,345 next season and $12,975,471 in 2021-22.

The Sixers are looking for more shooters around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in order to take the next step. Since Covington already has a rapport with the Sixers organization, it makes sense Philly is trying to bring the swingman back.

The Rockets are always looking for 3-and-D guys, and the Mavs could use more help around Luka Doncic.

You can never have enough guys on your team who play stellar defense and stretch the floor. Robert Covington fits that bill to a t, and the Timberwolves would be wise to get the best return possible for him so their future isn’t bleak.

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