The Trail Blazers made a massive move on Monday night.
Portland acquired Houston Rockets small forward Robert Covington in exchange for Trevor Ariza, the Blazers' 2020 first-round pick (16th overall), and a future first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Covington has two years remaining on his current 4-year, $46.8 million contract. He is due $12.138 million in 2020-21 and $12.97 million in 2021-22 before becoming an unresricted free agent. Portland also acquires his full bird rights in the transaction.
Houston acquired Covington at the trade deadline last season in exchange for its 2020 first-round pick and center Clint Capela. The trade saw the Rockets embrace a small-ball philosophy which created adequate spacing for Russell Westbrook to attack the rim.
Now, less than a full season later, Houston gets two first-round picks for Covington who averaged 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per game in 2019-20.
Covington fills the Blazers need for a starting-caliber small forward and will likely compete with Rodney Hood, who is coming off an Achilles injury and has a player option heading into this upcoming season. Covington shoots 33.5% from three-point range and is considered one of the best team, wing defenders in the NBA.
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