• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Clips, Covington comply with 2-year, $24M extension

LA Clippers ahead Robert Covington has agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract extension, his agent, Andrew Morrison of CAA Sports activities, informed ESPN on Thursday.

Covington, who will keep away from a summer season free-agency market that’s restricted in salary-cap house, returns to a loaded Clippers roster that may begin the season among the many NBA’s important championship contenders.

Below collective bargaining guidelines, Covington was eligible to re-sign with the Clippers for a most of two years earlier than the beginning of free company in July. The Clippers’ projected luxurious tax invoice for subsequent season will increase from $17.8 million to $54.9 million with Covington’s new deal, in line with ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks.

Covington’s arrival forward of the February commerce deadline as part of a deal that included guard Norman Powell deepened one of many league’s most gifted rosters and set the stage for the full-time returns of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George subsequent season.

The Clippers acquired Covington and Powell in a take care of the Portland Path Blazers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, rookie Keon Johnson and a 2025 second-round draft choose.

Together with Leonard and George, Covington will play an element in one of many NBA’s most formidable defenses. Covington ranked sixth within the NBA in deflections this season, changing into the one participant to register 90 steals and 90 blocks, in line with ESPN Stats & Data analysis.

In 23 video games after being traded to LA, Covington performed effectively offensively too — averaging 10.4 factors on 50% capturing, together with 45% on 3-pointers. He had a career-high 43 factors on a franchise-record 11 3-pointers towards the Milwaukee Bucks on April 1.

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As soon as Covington joined the Clippers, he ranked within the prime 15 in catch-and-shoot 3-point area aim proportion amongst 90 gamers with over 100 makes an attempt, in line with ESPN Stats & Data analysis.

Covington, 31, has performed 9 NBA seasons, together with stops with Houston, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Portland and the Clippers. For his profession, he has averaged 11.6 factors, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block per recreation.