What should the LA Clippers do with Robert Covington?

Robert Covington, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Covington, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

Following last season’s trade deadline, the LA Clippers appeared to receive two gems in Robert Covington and Norman Powell. In return, the front office did not have to give up any key pieces. Fast forward to the next season, head coach Tyronn Lue is utilizing Powell but is giving inconsistent minutes to Covington.

Furthermore, fans may question what is happening behind the scenes. Lue could put Covington’s contributions to use, especially as of late with the way the Clippers have been struggling. His defensive mindset and ability to guard any position could significantly impact the team in the long run.

Though Covington can make an impact, Lue is not playing him in his respective minutes. As the trade deadline is still a few months away, rumors are beginning to surround Covington. Not to mention this can be a bit concerning for Clipper fans as Covington is, without a doubt, one of the team’s most valuable players.

However, Lue has mentioned in his post-game presser that he has had conversations with Covington about his role. While this may be true, Covington’s minimal playing time could be one of the reasons why the Clippers have not lived up to the hype. Before it is too late, the front office must decide what to do with Covington as the Clippers look to make a run at the NBA Finals.

Covington should be considered untouchable by the LA Clippers.

The LA Clippers may have had numerous notable wins, but their losses are problematic. The team’s shooting splits, carelessness with the ball, and lack of effort on the glass is why they currently stand with eight losses. As a result, the Clippers’ front office is looking to make a trade.

Regarding the team’s miscues, giving Covington more minutes solves all of Lue’s problems. The way he hustles on defense is something the team desperately needs. Trading away Covington would make no sense, due to the fact that the backup center position holds the most significant flaw.

Moreover, in 23 games for the Clippers last season, Covington posted 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field and 45% from three. Additionally, he averaged 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks in 22.1 minutes. This shows how valuable he can be when given the ideal minutes.

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That said, Covington should be one of the last players on the trade block. He deserves much more playing time with how strong his impact can be whenever he steps on the court. This is an unusual look for Lue, as he typically utilizes his veterans to the best of their abilities. With the Clippers’ next match-up to the Denver Nuggets, fans should expect to see more of Covington.