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Robert Covington, Clippers agree to extension

Apr 15, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington (23) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of the play in game at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers forward Robert Covington and the team agreed to a contract extension.

The team did not announce the terms, but ESPN previously reported it as a two-year, $24 million deal.

According to the report, Covington was eligible under the collective bargaining agreement to re-sign with the Clippers for a maximum of two years prior to the start of free agency in July.

Covington earned $12.975 million last season when he split the campaign between the Portland Trail Blazers and Clippers. Los Angeles acquired Covington in February.

“When we acquired Cov in February, we thought he would be a great fit for our team, and the past few months confirmed our belief,” said Lawrence Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, in a news release on Sunday. “He is an active, intelligent defender, and an excellent shooter who flourished in our system. We wanted to extend our relationship with Cov and are thrilled he wanted the same.”

Covington, 31, averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 23 games (two starts) for the Clippers. Overall, he averaged 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 71 games (42 starts) and notched 128 3-pointers, 103 steals and 91 blocked shots.

He was the only player in the NBA this season to post at least 90 steals and 90 blocks.

In nine NBA seasons, Covington has career averages of 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 537 games (460 starts). He also has played for the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

–Field Level Media