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NBA Rumors: Rockets Targeting Robert Covington

(via Canis Hoopus)

(via Canis Hoopus)

According to a report published by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Houston Rockets have “serious interest” in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington.

The Houston Rockets have serious interest in Covington, league sources say. The Rockets are in the market for wings; with James Harden having another MVP-caliber season, they’re a team that should go all in no matter who the target is.

With a backcourt of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Rockets are squarely in the conversation for title contention in the West. With one more piece, it could make them favorites.

This season, in Minnesota, Covington is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds on 45% shooting. He is no star but could thrive as a role-player in the right environment.

He'd have an immediate impact in Houston, where the Rockets struggle to stay consistent on defense and score points outside of their two backcourt stars. Widely considered as one of the best 3-and-D players in the league, he'd be an ideal fit next to Capela, Harden, and Russ.

Still, there are questions about whether or not the Rockets have enough to finish well in their pursuit of a title this season. With their recent track record being up-and-down, consistency has not been their strong suit.

Covington may be the first step in fixing their vulnerabilities for the 2019-20 campaign.