HOUSTON -- The Rockets have traded Robert Covington to the Portland Trail Blazers for Trevor Ariza and two first round picks, ESPN reported late Monday night.
Covington, 29, played in 22 regular season and seeding games for the Rockets after joining the team from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a four-team trade on February 5 and averaged 11.6 points, 8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He started all 12 of the Rockets playoff games and shot 50 percent from behind the three-point line.
In return, the Rockets acquire Ariza for the third time. Since leaving the Rockets in free agency after the 2018 season, the 35-year old has played for the Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, and Sacramento Kings along with the Blazers. He scored eight points per game in 53 games last season, starting all 21 games he played in with Portland, while serving as a reserve in 32 contests with Sacramento. Ariza is set to earn $12.8 million next season, the last year of a two-year, $25 million contract.
Along with Ariza, the Rockets will receive the 16th pick of Wednesday's draft and the Blazers lottery protected first round pick in 2021. It marks the the first time the Rockets have traded for a first round pick since 2014, and the team has not selected a player in the first round since Sam Dekker in 2015.