The 76ers exercised Covington's team option for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday. The decision is a no-brainer for Philadelphia, as Covington, a former undrafted free agent, will make just under $1.6 million next season. The 26-year-old has always been a volume three-point shooter, but he's grown into a strong perimeter defender and is firmly in the conversation as part of the Sixers' long-term core. However, Covington, who averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 2016-17, will be due for a much more lucrative deal as a free agent next summer. Philadelphia could also opt to sign him to an extension this summer or renegotiate his salary after Nov. 15, per league rules.
Covington underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday. Covington had been sidelined for the 76ers' final eight regular-season contests after being diagnosed with a slight tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee. After undergoing the procedure, Covington is expected to require four-to-six weeks of recovery time before returning to the court. He'll rest up for two weeks before resuming full weight-bearing activities in early May and ultimately easing back into on-court workouts in July. Barring a major roster overhaul in the offseason, Covington looks like a decent bet to serve as one of the team's starting wings in 2017-18.
Covington (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports. Covington is on record saying that the surgery is "not as serious as people think." Both and he the team are treating the meniscus tear with extreme caution to avoid any further setbacks. Covington should be a full go for preseason workouts.
The 76ers ruled Covington out for the remainder of this season Friday after an MRI revealed a slight tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee, CSN Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato reports. Covington missed Wednesday's game after experiencing some swelling in the knee, but team doctors quickly determined that the injury was more serious than originally anticipated. As a result, Covington will end his campaign with averages of 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.9 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block in a career-high 31.6 minutes per game across 67 appearances. His absence for the 76ers' final seven games should keep Justin Anderson locked into a starting role at small forward, while starting shooting guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and bench wing Nik Stauskas figure to benefit from increased workloads.
Covington (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Cavaliers and Sunday's game against the Raptors, Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 76ers' team doctors are still evaluating the results of the MRI that Covington received on his ailing right knee, so he'll skip the team's two-game road trip and stay back in Philadelphia before a course of action is determined. The injury prevented Covington from suiting up in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, allowing Justin Anderson to enter the starting lineup at small forward. Look for Anderson to continue to benefit from some extended run on the wing as long as Covington is out, with Nik Stauskas and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot also benefiting from his absence.
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