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Report: Rockets no longer interested in Robert Covington

Houston won’t pursue a trade for Timberwolves swingman, but remain aggressive in the market.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robert Covington holds his nose after being fouled by the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets are no longer interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves F Robert Covington, The Athletic’s Kelly Iko reported.

The Rockets will remain aggressive on the trade market, as Iko also reports, with GM Daryl Morey likely to make at least a move or two to add depth to the roster. This isn’t surprising, as Morey is one of the more creative GMs in the NBA. But the Rockets don’t have much wiggle room this time around and really need to do something a bit more significant in order to jump themselves into the legit title contender conversation in the West.

As currently standing, Houston is 26-14 entering Friday, the No. 5 seed in the West. They are 6.5 games off the Lakers for first place in the conference and have a host of teams surrounding them in the standings. This is always the case, but we’ve seen the Rockets put together better seasons — 2017-18 when the team was 65-17 and the No. 1 overall seed. But with the Lakers (AD, LeBron James) and Clippers (PG-13, Kawhi) both boasting more impressive duos, Houston will have a tough time getting out of the West.