Rockets Waive Robert Covington

MONDAY, 9:44am: Houston has officially released Covington, the team announced via press release.

SUNDAY, 5:31pm: The Rockets have waived Robert Covington, as is reflected by the RealGM transactions log. There has been no formal announcement by the team yet, but this news doesn’t come as a surprise. Covington has reportedly been away from the team for the last two weeks weighing some guaranteed offers to play in Europe.

Waiving Covington will cost Houston $150K, which was the amount of his partial guarantee. The Rockets still have some trimming to do on their preseason roster which stands at 17 after Covington’s departure. The team will have until tomorrow afternoon to whittle down their numbers to the regular season maximum of 15.

Covington spent much of last season with Houston’s D-League affiliate despite being on the team’s NBA roster the entire year. He earned himself a trip to the D-League’s All-Star game by averaging 23.2 PPG and 9.2 RPG in 34.1 minutes per game in 42 D-League appearances.

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