Robert Covington is the missing piece to a lot of contender teams in the NBA right now, and why wouldn't he be?
Covington is one of the smartest players in the NBA who fits into the role given to him with ease. He is a great two-way player who makes an impact on both the ends of the floor. Not only does he have the ability to knock the points down but he also possesses the ability to lock down the best scorers in the game.
Covington averages 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, shooting at 40.4% from the field and 35.8% from the 3-point line. However, his numbers speak very less of the role he plays for the team.
Last year, before getting ruled out by an injury, the Minnesota Timberwolves were having a 12-10 record and were expected to make the playoffs. They were one of the top five teams in terms of defense before the injury happened. However, the Wolves came tumbling down later on.
This time around, however, they do not look the same team they were. This season they started well but lost themselves soon after that. They are not realistically in the playoff picture and the management will have to think about the future going forward.
A Robert Covington trade can give them a great opportunity of getting players to rebuild around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. As Covington is desired by many teams right now, Wolves will not have an opportunity better than this.
Let's have a look at three teams that could go all in for Covington before the trade window.
#3 Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are doing well this season with a record of 21-11, sitting at the sixth place in the East. With Victor Oladipo's expected return, the things will getting better and better than before.
However, the Pacers will still be needing reliable and effective perimeter support for Oladipo. They miss a single piece in the puzzle, which when completed, the team will make a historical impact this season.
This desire is the reason for Robert Covington's trade coming into the picture. The pacers can give away a few players and a draft pick to bring in Covington and hence, contend for the championship this time around.
Pacers Get- Robert Covington
Wolves Get- Doug McDermott, Aaron Holiday and Round 1 pick (2022)
#2 Brooklyn Nets
It high-time for the Nets to start thinking about the next season. Just imagine a lineup of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Caris Levert, and Robert Covington for a moment. Doesn't that seem perfect?
Spencer Dinwiddie has been exceptional for the Nets this season, but the Nets need to let him go to build a strong team next season.
With Kyrie, Levert, and Durant back, there is no requirement for a playmaker for the Nets. They have to place proper pieces around their All-Stars, and this is where Covington's trade comes into the picture.
The Nets can trade Dinwiddie and Kurucs in exchange for Covington. This will give more value to both the teams. The Nets will get a balanced squad next season, and the Wolves, on the other hand, will get a prolific scorer around Towns and a good future wing player.
Nets Get- Robert Covington
Wolves Get- Spencer Dinwiddie, Rodions Kurucs
#1 Houston Rockets
With a record of 21-10 this season, the Rockets are sitting in fourth place in the west currently. James Harden is averaging 38.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.8 rebounds per game, whereas Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.1 points, 7.1 assists, and 8.1 rebounds.
Harden is shooting considerably well, at a rate of 37.2 % from the three-point line, but Westbrook has a horrible shooting average from the arc (23.8%).
The perimeter shooting is still a question for the Rockets as well as the defense. They can use a player like Robert Covington, who can support both the departments. According to the report by Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Rockets have their eyes on Robert Covington.
Covington can knock the three-ball down, and thus clearing more floor space for the Rockets' two stars. He can act as a defensive wall on the perimeter and give the Rockets the required push for picking up the championship.
Rockets Get- Robert Covington
Wolves Get- PJ Tucker, 1st Round Pick(2022)