Could the Sixers Reunite with Robert Covington?
With the Sixers looking to add some depth to their roster, it could lead them to reunite with one of their former players.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the trade market for former Sixers forward, Robert Covington, is "heating up" over recent days, with the Sixers being one of the teams in the mix for his services.
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 that have expressed interest in him, but Minnesota is expected to drive a hard bargain, league sources said.
Covington would be an interesting fit this time around with the Sixers, with his role most likely being coming off-the-bench. He is a 3-and-D player that would give the Sixers more 3-point shooting off-the-bench and give their bench more perimeter defense.
If the Sixers were to bring RoCo back, they would likely have to part ways with Mike Scott and/or James Ennis in the deal, along with former first-round pick Zhaire Smith.
The Sixers sent Covington along with Dario Saric to Minnesota as part of the Jimmy Butler trade last November. In 40 games, 39 starts, Covington is averaging 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, hitting 35 percent of his 3-point shots.
Adding Covington would be an interesting move for the Sixers, he is a good, not great 3-point shooter, and can be extremely streaky. Plus most of Covington's games have been played as a starter, how would he handle coming off-the-bench? Would the Sixers use him in the starting lineup, with a starting five of Ben Simmons, Jason Richardson, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Covington, sending Al Hordford to the second unit with rookie Matisse Thybulle.
He would give the Sixers another excellent defender on the perimeter along with Richardson and Simmons.
If you are a Sixers fan who is hoping to add another 3-point shooter, you probably won't be happy with a Covington reunion. If you are looking to add more depth and defense to the roster, than Covington would be a good fit.