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Rumor Central: Robert Covington not focused on potential big payday?

Next Wednesday, Nov. 15, will be the third anniversary of the day forward Robert Covington signed a four-year, minimum contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Beginning on Nov. 15, Covington is eligible to sign a lucrative multiyear deal known as a renegotiation-and-extension. With a big payday potentially coming his way soon, Covington says that's not his primary focus right now.

"If it happens, it happens," Covington told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm not too focused on that right now. I just focused on how I play on the court, because my production alone will separate me and put me in a position to where it forces their hand."

Covington is currently making $1,577,230, which is the mimimum amount for a four-year NBA veteran this season. Covington's new renegotiated salary for 2017-18 can increase substantially, as the Sixers at present time are about $15.12 million below the salary cap. The Sixers can give Covington all of it, which would increase his 2017-18 salary to $16.69 million.

The team and Covington have talked openly about the desire to stay together for the long-term, and most followers of the situation believe the two sides will finalize a new deal at some point.

Even though the Sixers have some very talented young players on the team, Covington's contributions are extremely important to the success of the team.

"Robert Covington [on] both sides of the ball is vital," said coach Brett Brown.

Should a new deal not get done, Covington will become an unrestricted free agent starting on July 1.

Through 11 games this season, Covington is averaging 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He is also making 50 percent of his attempts from behind the 3-point line.

-- Nick Silva

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