PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Saturday, the Sixers announced a pair of related roster moves. The team released guard/forward Chris Johnson and signed free agent forward Robert Covington.
Covington was the first overall selection in the 2014 NBDL Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive. He is the fifth player this season called up from the NBA’s development league.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Covington appeared in games last season as a rookie with the Houston Rockets and spent time in the NBDL with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game for the Vipers last season.READ MORE: Flyers Drop 9th Straight Game After Blowing Late Third-Period Lead To Islanders
Covington won the D-League Rookie of the Year Award and made the D-League first team.
To make room on the roster, the Sixers waived Johnson who appeared in nine games for the Sixers and averaged six points per contest.MORE NEWS: 'Water Was Completely Above The Ceiling': Queen Village Businesses Still Struggling After July Water Main Break
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