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Sixers interested in extending Robert Covington

NBA: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers are interested in signing forward Robert Covington to an extension this offseason, according to a source with team knowledge.

As his contract is currently constructed, Covington, 26, is scheduled to make just $1.5 million for the 2017-18 season, which would make him one of the biggest bargains in the NBA. However, he is also set to hit unrestricted free agency following the season, and the organization doesn’t want to run the risk of losing him on the open market.

Since signing with the Sixers in 2014, Covington has developed into a capable two-way perimeter player that the team sees as a legitimate rotational piece – or starter – moving forward.

On the 2016-17 season, Covington averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 1.5 assists per game.

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