Report: Sixers trying to trade for Robert Covington

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 09, 2020 - 8:48 am
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For the second straight season it appears the Sixers are going to try to make a splash at the trade deadline. 

This time around, their attempt to fix their roster could result in bringing back a player they dealt away last season. 

According to a report from The Ringer, the Sixers have expressed interest in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington. Covington, of course, played five seasons for the Sixers prior to being dealt last year in the deal that landed Jimmy Butler. 

More from The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor on the possibility of a reunion: 

"Sources say the Sixers inquired about Robert Covington, whom they dealt to the Timberwolves in 2018 in the Butler trade. I reported last monththat Covington is available, and that is still the case. But Minnesota could have so many bidders for Covington that the price will be too high for Philadelphia to make a reunion a reality"

In addition to Covington, the report also says that the Sixers have expressed interest in Malik Beasley (Nuggets), Glenn Robinson III (Warriors), Davis Bertans (Wizards), E’Twaun Moore (Pelicans), and Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies). The obvious takeaway is that at 24-14, good for fifth in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers know they need to make a change. 

Covington would not represent a major change, but he would help this team. An elite defender, Covington is a career 35% shooter from three on an average of 6.5 attempts per game. The Sixers desperately lack shooting from the outside and the addition of Covington would give them one of the better "Three-and-D" players in the league. 

It could be tough to acquire Covington, considering how little of value the Sixers have to trade outside of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. 

It appears general manager Elton Brand, however, is once again going to be aggressive at the trade deadline. 

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