Covington will start Friday's preseason game againt the Heat, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Covington was slowed by a migraine earlier this week, but he will take the floor for the 76ers' exhibition finale Friday night, and will presumably be good to go for Opening Night barring a setback.
Covington (illness) went through a modified workout Tuesday.
A migraine kept Covington out of practice altogether Monday, but he was able to return on a limited basis Tuesday. The issue doesn't look to be anything serious, but the three-point-happy wing should be considered day-to-day in advance of Friday's preseason finale against the Heat.
Covington did not practice Monday due to a migraine, Derek Bodner of Philadelphia Magazine reports.
It doesn't look like an issue that should carry on for much longer for Covington, and with the 76ers next preseason game not until Friday, there should be no worries on the wing missing any game action. With Ben Simmons out for the foreseeable future, Covington is expected to open up the season as the team's starting small forward.
Covington contributed eight points (2-10 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 23 minutes in Thursday's 100-79 preseason loss to the Wizards.
It was expected that Covington would see most of his playing time at shooting guard in the preseason, but the injury to Ben Simmons (foot) ended up nixing those plans. With Simmons out multiple months and perhaps at risk of missing the entire season, the 76ers will be able to play Dario Saric at his more natural power forward spot, opening up the small forward slot for Covington. The 25-year-old has struggled through his five preseason contests, failing to hit double figures in any game and shooting just 11-for-39 (28.2%) from the field and 9-for-29 (31%) from three-point range. Covington has shown this sort of streakiness in the past, so the 76ers are hopeful that he can get hot once the regular season begins.
Coach Brett Brown has yet to formally announce his plans for the Sixers' opening night lineup, but at this time, it appears his preferred options for the starting five include Jerryd Bayless, Covington, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. While Covington saw most of his action at small forward last season, the Sixers are hoping Saric will be able to handle that position after serving as a power forward throughout most of his time in Turkey. The shift to shooting guard shouldn't hurt Covington too much, as his reputation as a volume three-point shooter makes him an adequate fit at the position. What's more worrisome for Covington is the likelihood that his shot attempts and playing time will decline in 2016-17, as the offseason additions of Saric, Simmons and Gerald Henderson in addition to holdover Hollis Thompson give the Sixers more options on the wing than they've had in either of his previous two seasons with the club.
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