A few NBA teams have placed interest in Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington, but the 24-year-old sharpshooter has been made largely unavailable from trade inquiries as a core part of the franchise’s long-term plans, league sources told RealGM.
Since signing a contract with the 76ers on Nov. 15, Covington has arguably been the team’s most consistently productive player, with a skill set that’s able to translate throughout the league’s 30 teams.
Over 31 games and 19 starts this season, Covington is averaging 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. He is a 39.2 percent shooter from three-point range, making 2.2 over 5.5 attempts a game.
The 76ers will have strong odds to land Covington into the rookie-sophomore Rising Stars Challenge game at All-Star weekend, along with K.J. McDaniels, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Among second-year players, Covington ranks first in three-pointers per game, fifth in points behind Victor Oladipo, Carter-Williams, Shabazz Muhamad and Trey Burke and fifth in steals behind Noel (2013 Draft class, rookie), Oladipo, Shane Larkin and Carter-Williams.
As un undrafted forward out of Tennessee State in 2013, Covington landed with the Houston Rockets on a multi-year deal that summer. He was released in training camp this season, before turning into a valuable signing for Philadelphia.