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76ers Sign Robert Covington

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed free agent forward Robert Covington.

Covington was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive.

As a rookie last season, Covington saw action in seven games for the Houston Rockets while spending most of his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. In 42 games (41 starts) for the Vipers, Covington averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34 minutes per game while also averaging 3.2 3-pointers made on 37.0% shooting. In addition to being named the 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Covington also earned D-League First Team honors and won the MVP award at the D-League All-Star game after scoring a record 33 points in helping his team to victory. 

In a related move, the Sixers waived Chris Johnson.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal, who has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is hoping to make his season debut for the Washington Wizards' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Friday would mark exactly six weeks since Beal sustained the injury.

Beal is expected to return to practice this week.

Via Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

76ers Waive Chris Johnson

The Philadelphia 76ers have waived Chris Johnson.

Johnson was waived in order to make room for the signing of Robert Covington.

Via Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Scott Unable To Reach Nash Despite Lakers' Hope For Mentorship Role

Steve Nash has been out of sight around the Los Angeles Lakers since being ruled out for the entire season.

Byron Scott and Mitch Kupchak said they hoped Nash would serve as a mentor and de facto shooting coach for younger players.

That scenario has yet to take place, and Scott said he cannot even get Nash to return a phone call.

“If my coach would have called me,” Scott said, “I definitely would have called him back.”

Scott tried to downplay that as any kind of issue, saying he was “not angry at all.”

“I’ll try him again when I get some more free time tomorrow or Monday or something like that. I know he’s probably going through a tough time as far as trying to adjust to life without basketball at this particular point.”

Asked if he expected Nash to be around at all this season, Scott said, “I don’t know. I would like him to, but I don’t know.”

Via Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Kevin Love Denies Interest In Joining Lakers As Free Agent

Kevin Love denied a Bulls.com report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers next offseason.

“Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers,” Love said Friday. “Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where someone got that.”

Love, like LeBron James, can be a free agent at the end of the season.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Perkins Would Consider Return To Celtics, Believes Rondo Wants To Stay

Rajon Rondo will have to make a decision on his future with the Boston Celtics when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Kendrick Perkins remains one of Rondo's closest friends as a former teammate and believes the point guard wants to stay with the Celtics.

“I think it’s a great place for him,” Perkins said. “I think he wants to stay here. You know, we talk on a regular basis and I think he should stay. If I was him, I would stay.

“I just think it’s a perfect situation for him. He’s got a good group of guys around him, good coach. It’s his team, he’s able to play the way he’s capable of playing. He’s almost averaging a triple-double. He’s got some good talent around him in [Jared] Sullinger, Jeff [Green], the young kid [Kelly Olynyk]. He’s got some good talent around him. I think he wants to stay. I think he should. But you never know how it works out.”

Perkins is in the last year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and admitted he would consider a return to the Celtics.

“If the opportunity presents itself I will,” Perkins said. “You never know. It’s not on me. I’ve got to be wanted to come back. So it’s always that ‘if.’"

Via Julian Benbow/Boston Globe

Aaron Craft Likely To Stay In D-League, Decline Offer From Partizan

Aaron Craft is expected to decline an offer to sign with Partizan Belgrade to remain in the D-League.

Craft may receive a call-up to the Golden State Warriors, as they recently waived Nemanja Nedovic.

Via Sportando

Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the New York Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

“I’m telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn’t want to play for their hometown team?” a Harris confidant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

Harris is a native of Long Island and worked out multiple times this past summer with Carmelo Anthony.

“They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.”

 

Via Adam Zagoria/The Knicks Blog

Robert Covington To Sign Multi-Year Deal With 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a deal with Robert Covington.

David Pick reports the deal will be a four-year agreement.

Covington appeared in seven games last season with the Houston Rockets and 42 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Bring In Ater Majok For Workouts

The Los Angeles Lakers have flown in center Ater Majok -- their 58th overall draft pick in 2011 -- from China for a couple days of workouts with the team, league sources told RealGM.

Majok has played professionally in Slovakian, Belarusian, German and Korean leagues since his draft selection in 2011 to Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-11 Majok played for the Lakers’ NBA summer league team in 2012, averaging 1.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

The Lakers plan to get a thorough look into Majok’s game before any decision on whether to sign him to a rookie-scale deal. Majok’s workout is unrelated to free agent forward Quincy Miller, who holds a strong chance to sign with the Lakers later this week when he plans to fly to Los Angeles for a workout.

Majok, 27, played collegiately at UConn.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Quincy Miller Planning To Visit Lakers For Possible Signing

Quincy Miller’s skill set and promise to be a rotation player in the NBA intrigue the Lakers’ front office and give him a strong chance to sign, sources said.

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'

Paul Millsap will be a free agent in 2015.

Kawhi Leonard Expects To Remain With Spurs For 'Whole Life'

Kawhi Leonard says he was never upset about not getting an extension with the Spurs.

Lakers Granted $1.5M Disabled Player Exception

The Lakers can use the exception to sign a free agent or to trade for a player making up to $1,598,680.

Kobe Bryant Leaving Lakers 'Not Going To Happen'

Kobe Bryant also said he can't envision playing beyond the contract.

76ers Using International Leagues To Stash Young Talent

The 76ers have stashed several young talented players in international leagues in order to keep their rights as long as they remain away from the team.

Dante Cunningham Remains Free Agent Despite Drop Of Domestic Assault Charges

Dante Cunningham remains unsigned after two solid seasons as a reserve for the Wolves.

Kings Taking 'Wait-And-See Approach' With Current Roster

The Kings have started the season with a 4-1 record and are comfortable with their roster now after a year in which they have been incredibly active in exploring trade scenarios.

Dwight Buycks Receives Buyout From Valencia To Explore NBA

Dwight Buycks is in discussions on a possible deal with the Thunder and Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

Reggie Jackson Concerned With Perception From Teammates, Not Fans

Reggie Jackson was publicly criticized by Scott Brooks after his season debut for playing selfishly at times.

Ben McLemore Hires Rich Paul As Agent

Ben McLemore has decided to sign with Klutch Sports Group two weeks after firing his previous agent Rodney Blackstock.

Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge has said he plans on signing a new five-year deal with the Blazers this summer.

Timberwolves Discussed Hiring Lionel Hollins Before Kevin Love Deal

The Timberwolves spoke to Lionel Hollins in the offseason about their open head coaching position.

Lakers Expected To Pursue Rajon Rondo In Free Agency

Rajon Rondo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and Kobe Bryant has been a longtime admirer.

Ray Allen Visit To Chicago Unrelated To Bulls, Agent Says

Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”

LeBron, Irving Had 'Healthy' Exchange Of Words After Blazers Loss

The exchanged words led to Kyrie Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media.

Pacers To Sign A.J. Price Due To Mekel Visa Issues

The Pacers are desperate to sign a point guard before Friday's game and will instead sign A.J. Price.

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

John Lucas III received interest from the Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies.
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