Rockets trade No. 16 pick and Trevor Ariza to Detroit -- Report originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Monday evening news broke that the Houston Rockets had agreed to a deal with the Trail Blazers to send small forward Robert Covington to Portland in exchange for Trevor Ariza as well as the Blazers' 2020 first-round pick (16th overall) and a future first-round pick.
But, Ariza and the No. 16 pick aren't staying in H-Town.
Just minutes before the 2020 NBA Draft tipped off, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Rockets are trading Ariza and the first-round pick to Detroit for a future first-round pick.
Houston is trading Trevor Ariza and the No. 16 pick tonight to Detroit for a future first-round pick, sources tell ESPN. The deal gives the Rockets - a hard-capped team -- the freedom to use their mid-level exception in free agency.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 18, 2020
The Trail Blazers still currently hold the No. 46 overall pick.
And now Portland heads into the draft with their starting forward Robert Covington who has two years remaining on his current 4-year, $46.8 million contract. He is due $12.138 million in 2020-21 and $12.97 million in 2021-22 before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Portland also acquired his full bird rights in the transaction.
And now as the NBA Draft gets underway, keep it locked at NBC Sports Northwest.