MCALLEN, Texas, February 13, 2014 – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has re-assigned forward Robert Covington to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State), who has appeared in five games with the Rockets in 2013-14, has averaged 21.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.35 steals and 1.30 blocks in 23 games (22 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season.

Covington was named to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, which will be played on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on