Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rockets trade Covington to Blazers, flip Ariza and pick Timberwolv­es reunitewit­h Rubio via trade

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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.

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