The Portland Trailblazers have traded for forward, Robert Covington, from the Houston Rockets. In return, Houston will receive former-Rocket Trevor Ariza, a 2020 first-round pick (16th overall) and a 2021 protected first-round pick.
Covington, acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the middle of last season, averaged 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals in 22 regular-season games with the Rockets.
Covington joins Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins in the Portland rotation, providing needed support for Portland’s long-time backcourt duo Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Veterans Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony are unrestricted free agents, but could ultimately land back with the Trailblazers.
Trevor Ariza will return to Houston for a second stint after reports slammed Houston for their unprofessionalism and insufficiency.
One report being Ariza being unsatisfied with Houston’s front office, asking for an apology that he never received.
Houston continues to look very unorganized early in the off-season as the trade talks continue.