It looks like there won’t be a Robert Covington-Sixers reunion at this year’s trade deadline.

The veteran wing is reportedly headed back to where his NBA career started in Houston as part of a complex four-team deal.

The 29-year-old was linked to the Sixers in a couple different reports. He wouldn’t have been able to help the team’s issues with shot creation and he’s shooting below league average from three this season, but he’s still a deflections machine and super switchable defender.

He’s also on a fairly reasonable contract (four years, $46.8 million) that he signed with the Sixers that kicked in at the beginning of the 2018-19 season. The Rockets are giving up a similarly affordable player in Capela. 

The return Minnesota gets in Beasley and a first-round pick is likely more attractive than anything the Sixers could’ve offered. This could be the biggest obstacle GM Elton Brand faces in seeking an upgrade. They’ve reportedly already missed out on a potential trade target in Luke Kennard. Similarly, the Pistons’ return in that deal is likely better than what the Sixers have.

Brand and the Sixers have until Thursday at 3 p.m. to get a deal(s) done.

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