Rockets trade Covington to Blazers, flip Ariza and pick Timberwolves reunitewith Rubio via trade
After the Trail Blazers reportedly agreed to trade the No. 16 pick of the draft to Houston along with forward Trevor Ariza on Monday for veteran RobertCovington, the Rockets moved both
Ariza and the pick to the Pistons for a future first-round pick.
Covington, who averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, will be a key addition for Portland, which finished the coronavirusshortened regular season 35-39. Covington is a key contributor on defense and is a 3-point specialist on offense.
Washington forward Isaiah Washington will be re-routed to Detroit after being taken with the 16th pick.
Ricky Rubio’s career is coming full circle. The Timberwolves traded the No. 17 pick in to Oklahoma City for Rubio, the No. 25 pick and No. 28 pick.
Rubio, a fan favorite during his time with the Wolves, spent the first six seasons of his
NBA career in Minnesota before spending two years in Utah and one in Phoenix. He had just been traded earlier this week in the deal that brought Chris Paul to the Suns.
Serbian big man AleksejPokusevski will head to Oklahoma City after being taken with the 17th pick. Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley was taken 25th before being flipped to the Knicks, and Washington’s JadenMcDaniels landed with Minnesota at No. 28.
Payton, Gibson, Ellington, Portis out in NewYork
NEW YORK— The New York Knicks waived veterans Elfrid Payton, Taj Gibson andWayne Ellington and declined their team option on Bobby Portis on Thursday, just a year after signing them in free agency.
The Knicks signed all the veterans in the summer of 2019. They’ll save about $40 million in cap space.
The Knicks also waived forward KennyWooten and declined their option on guard Theo Pinson.