Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN just broke on Twitter that the Clippers have agreed to sign Robert Covington to a two-year, $24M extension, keeping him on the Clippers through the 2024 season.
Covington came over in the Norm Powell deal, and was largely thought of as a throw-in, as his defense had reportedly slipped on the Blazers and his always-inconsistent offense had worsened as well. Most people thought he’d be a fine rotation player, maybe someone to re-sign as a cheap bench option, but not much more.
Instead, RoCo was sensational for the Clippers, averaging 10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game while shooting 45% from three on 4.5 attempts per game. The Clippers outscored opposing teams by 11.9 points per 100 possessions with Covington on the court, a monster number and the best on the team. The eye stats matched the test – Covington played exceptional help defense, rebounded the ball well, and shot lights out from three.
Most importantly, RoCo is a phenomenal fit with the Clippers, who love to play small. He can play the four or even the five alongside Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and one (or both) of Marcus Morris and Nic Batum, and is still playable at the three as well. He’s also a year and a few months younger than Morris and two years younger than Batum – and has played far, far NBA minutes than either. Therefore, despite some slippage already, he’s probably more likely to age better over the next couple years than the other two guys.
Robert Covington is easily worth $12M per year considering all of this, and a two-year extension is very team-friendly for the Clippers. He’s a great guy by all accounts, fits well on the team, and is a seasoned veterans who fits the Clippers’ timeline. Welcome back RoCo.