Robert Covington is one of the elite 3 and D forwards in this league and is a perfect fit next to most stars in the league. He has done well with the Clippers after getting traded there, averaging 10.4 PPG, while shooting 45% from beyond the arc.
Based on his play, there is no surprise that the Los Angeles Clippers elected to sign Robert Covington to a two-year, $24 million extension. He will slot in perfectly next to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George next season, and there is no doubt that having extra shooting on the roster never hurts. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN relayed the news.
LA Clippers forward Robert Covington has agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract extension, his agent, Andrew Morrison of CAA Sports, told ESPN on Thursday.
Covington, who will avoid a summer free-agency marketplace that is limited in salary cap space, returns to a loaded Clippers roster that will start the season among the NBA's significant championship contenders.
Under collective bargaining rules, Covington was eligible to re-sign with the Clippers for a maximum of two years before the start of free agency in July. The Clippers' projected luxury tax bill for next season increases from $17.8 million to $54.9 million with Covington's new deal, according to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks.
Covington's arrival ahead of the February trade deadline as a part of a deal that included guard Norman Powell deepened one of the league's most talented rosters and set the stage for the full-time returns of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George next season.
It remains to be seen how well the Los Angeles Clippers do next season. They are an elite team with two stars and an amazing supporting cast, but they simply have to get healthy.
The Los Angeles Clippers already have more winning seasons with governor Steve Ballmer than they did under Donald Sterling. It is clear they're in good hands, and we'll see what other moves they make to try and get that championship they and their fans desire.