Veteran forward Robert Covington opted not to test the free-agency market this year. Instead, Covington accepted a new contract from the Clippers that will see him stay in Los Angeles for at least two more seasons.
The news about the extension was confirmed by Covington’s agent Andrew Morrison. According to Morrison, his client received a two-year deal worth $24 million.
The Clippers acquired Covington back in February in a trade with Portland Trail Blazers. The 31-year-old player played 23 games with the LA team in 2021-22 and put together an impressive showing. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench while being one of the team’s most dependable players on the defensive end.
Robert Covington entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee State in 2013. He started his pro career with the Houston Rockets before embarking on stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Blazers. Covington, who has one NBA All-Defensive First Team selection on his resume, is averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a pro.
By extending Covington, the LA Clippers are signaling that they believe they can win a championship with this roster next season. Still, their chances will mostly depend on the health of their superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard missed the entire 2021-22 due to an ACL tear, while George was limited to 31 games. However, it is worth noting that the franchise believes both players will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 NBA season.