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Philadelphia 76ers set to Sign Robert Covington

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to sign Robert Covington, the No. 1 pick in the NBDL draft, to a four-year pact.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are putting final touches on a long-term pact with 23-year-old forward Robert Covington, sources told Basketball Insiders.

According to sources, Covington, the No. 1 overall pick of the Grand Rapids Drive in the recent D-League Draft, will sign a four-year, $4.2 million total deal with the 76ers. He will make $1 million this season. Philly locking up Covington was initially reported via Marc Stein of ESPN.

Over the weekend, Covington made his pre-season debut for the GRD, scoring a game-high 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and recording a +/- evaluation of +22 in a 78-68 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Prior to being waived by the Houston Rockets a few weeks ago, Basketball Insiders has learned that Covington turned down a lucrative two-month proposal from Euroleague power-club CSKA Moscow.

Covington, who was undrafted out of Tennessee State in 2013, earned last season’s NBA D-League Rookie of the Year award and participated in the NBDL All-Star Game.

He averaged 23.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.7 assists through 42 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

 

 

David Pick has extensively covered European basketball and American players abroad since 2010. His work can be found at Eurobasket.com and ONE.co.il. Follow him on Twitter @iamdpick

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