Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns' Comments on Wolves Trade Rumors

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2020

Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington (33) reacts after being called for a technical foul as he walks to the bench with teammate Karl-Anthony Towns in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in San Antonio. Minnesota won 113-101. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves' Robert Covington and Karl-Anthony Towns commented Monday on the rumors surrounding the team ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline Thursday.

"If it happens, it happens. If it don't, it don't," Covington told reporters. "That's just the way I've learned to approach it. If you get caught up in it, then that's when it deteriorates—not deteriorates your mind, but gets you to overthinking about stuff, and I ain't doing that."

Towns added:

"It would hurt if the star player or player you highly regarded in the organization—if they didn't feel confidence in the front office. I do. I feel very confident in [president of basketball operations] Gersson [Rosas], [head coach] Ryan [Saunders] and all of them. Whatever they do, I'll support because I know they're trying to make the right decisions for us. ...

"I don't need to be focused on everything the front office is doing or whatever the case may be because that's not my job title and that's something I don't need to waste my energy and life on."

Covington is one of the most discussed names leading up to the deadline.

Sean Deveney of Heavy reported Monday the forward is generating interest from the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

The 29-year-old Tennessee State product is a former member of both the Rockets and Sixers, and a reunion could be in order with both those squads in title contention while the Wolves lag near the bottom of the NBA standings with a 15-34 record.

Covington has averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals across 48 appearances for Minnesota this season while playing mostly the stretch 4 role.

Meanwhile, Towns has been speculated to be a potential trade candidate in the past, but that's not the case leading up to this year's deadline.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas told ESPN's Eric Woodyard last month the center is their franchise cornerstone.

"Karl-Anthony Towns is as untouchable as they come," Rosas said. "He's the best player on our team and he's the guy we're building around. Everything we do is to help him become the best player and to help us become the best team we can be. He's a special talent that we're going to do anything possible to help him achieve his highest potential."

The front office has a lot of work to do to get Towns and Co. in championship contention, however, and that process may start by moving Covington for future assets.


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