The quintessential fit, the Golden State Warriors should think long and hard about securing Robert Covington. Currently, on the Timberwolves, Covington will be a top-tier trade candidate in the week prior to the 2020 deadline.
He’s one of the league’s best perimeter defenders. It’s not just his height at 6-foot-9 that matters but more so his 7-foot-2 wingspan. Tack on the ability to shoot the three at a high clip (37% average from deep the last two seasons) and you have one of the better two-way small forwards.
The Warriors, in order to secure Covington, would almost certainly have to give the Wolves 23-year-old All-Star D’Angelo Russell in return. The Wolves, prior to Russell’s sign-and-trade that landed him in the Bay, wanted the young guard to help captain their roster.
Seemingly adament about keeping Russell, the Wolves would have to give an over-the-top offer that’d include Covington, Teague, picks and potentially salary relief to snag one of Golden State’s prized possessions.
The Warriors may not end up securing a foundational small forward, but if they don’t, it may end up hurting them in thpostseasonon.