Four years ago from yesterday, the Philadelphia 76ers released Chris Johnson and signed D-League Rookie of the Year Robert Covington.
It was one of Sam Hinkie’s best decisions during The Process and the Sixers would’ve never got him had Hinkie not made the mistake of releasing him when he was with the Houston Rockets. Everything has come full circle now. Covington agreed to a 4-year, $62 million renegotiation and extension, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: Robert Covington and 76ers finalizing framework of a 4-year, $62M contract extension. I'll have more details on NBA Countdown at 7 PM ET. https://t.co/WSXinUQYGg
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2017
The deal includes a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington’s original $1.57 million salary for this season, plus an additional four years that keeps RoCo in Philly until the 2021-2022 campaign.
Undrafted in 2013 out of Tennessee State, Covington has scrapped and clawed to becoming one of the better 3-and-D players in the NBA. The Rockets signed Covington out of the Summer League, but he played just seven games with the team and spent the rest of the year in the D-League when he won his Rookie of the Year. RoCo played with Philly a year later and is currently averaging 16.5 points and hitting on 49.5 percent from beyond the arc. Covington is third in the NBA with 3.7 3-pointers made per contest.
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