Dallas Mavericks rumors: Robert Covington is on the Mavs radar
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks rumors are flying around as the trade deadline approaches. They have reportedly shown interest in acquiring Robert Covington.
Dallas Mavericks rumors are going to be picking up. They are currently sixth in the Western Conference, but just 2.5 games behind second. The Mavs are a virtual lock to make the playoffs this season. That means talks of them upgrading their roster will be running rampant.
The Mavericks have the expiring contract of Courtney Lee plus over $12 million in trade exceptions. The front office has every reason to be aggressive before the Feb. 6 trade deadline. The Mavs feature two young stars in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis plus plenty of pieces around them. They could use some help on the wing and another big man.
Here is a look at the latest rumor that dropped on Jan. 16.
Mavs “expressed interest” in Covington
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded away veteran point guard Jeff Teague on Thursday. Many took that a sign they are going to be aggressive at the deadline.
Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania of The Athletic wrote an article about the Wolves interest in D’Angelo Russell. They also noted in the piece that Robert Covington is available, and the Dallas Mavericks are one of three teams showing their intent. Fans can read the entire article here. (subscription required)
It should come as no surprise. Covington is an elite defender that spaces the floor and does not need the ball in his hands. He fits well on nearly every playoff roster. Pairing Covington with Dorian Finney-Smith would allow Coach Carlisle to always have a lockdown defender on the floor.
The cost of acquiring RoCo is going to be significant. It will be interesting to see if the Mavericks are willing to pay the price before the trade deadline. Covington is under contract until 2022 at less than $13 million a season.
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