Posted February 21, 2013

Kings trade Thomas Robinson to Rockets in multi-player deal

Ben Golliver, Cole Aldrich, Francisco Garcia, Houston Rockets, Marcus Morris, Patrick Patterson, Sacramento Kings, Thomas Robinson, Toney Douglas, Tyler Honeycutt
Thomas Robinson is heading to Houston. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Thomas Robinson is reportedly heading to Houston. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

The Rockets announced Wednesday the acquisition of rookie forward Thomas Robinson from the Kings as part of a multi-player trade. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! SportsUSA Today Sports and NBA.com.

Along with Robinson, the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, Sacramento sent forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to the Rockets for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, guard Toney Douglas and $1 million.

Also Wednesday, the Rockets agreed to trade forward Marcus Morris to the Suns for a 2013 second-round pick. The Rockets and Suns are both able to absorb more salary than they send out without matching because both teams are under the salary cap. Phoenix will need to trade or waive a player to receive Morris, as its roster is full at the 15-man limit.

Robinson, 21, was seen as a scoring power forward when he entered the league, but has been relegated to a reserve role behind a Sacramento front line that starts DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and John Salmons. Robinson is averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes as a rookie after spending three years at Kansas, where he averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 rebounds and was named 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year. Robinson was suspended for two games in November when he threw an elbow to the neck of Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko.

Garcia, 31, is averaging 5.2 points in 17.8 minutes. His contract has a $6.4 million team option for next season, which will almost certainly be declined. Honeycutt, 22, a 2011 second-round pick, has played 32 minutes in nine games. His salary for next season is only partially guaranteed.

Patterson, 23, was the 14th pick in 2010. He’s averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 25.9 minutes, with 38 starts in 47 appearances. Aldrich, 24, was acquired from the Thunder in the blockbuster deal that landed James Harden in Houston earlier this season. He’s averaging 7.1 minutes in 30 games. Douglas, 26, was acquired from the Knicks in a sign-and-trade involving Marcus Camby last summer. He’s averaging 8.1 points in 18.6 minutes.

Morris, 23, the 14th pick in 2011, is averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.4 minutes. He will be reunited with his twin brother, Markieff, also a 2011 first-round pick (No. 13), in Phoenix.

In total, the Kings will send out $10.3 million in salary commitments this season while receiving just $6.6 million in return. Sacramento’s financial savings in the deal amounts to a pro-rated portion of that $3.7 million difference in salary. The Maloof family, which owns the Kings, recently entered into a purchase and sale agreement with a group of investors that intends to move the franchise to Seattle.

7 comments
Atrain81
Atrain81

The Kings obviously can't go full fire sale now but giving up on Thomas Robinson after a little more than half a season definitely  looks like a money move. The King's situation now is like someone whose leaving their  apartment when the lease is up and they know they won't get your security deposit back.  The Maloofs are probably pissy that  they might not get to sell the team to who they want and GM Geoff Petrie is a lock to be out the door under any new ownership deal. Francisco Garcia and Jason Thompson are the two players with the most "service" to the Kings.  They're loved in Sacramento but would just be faces in the crowd in Seattle.  Now Garcia is gone and Thompson will probably get moved next year.  Bgod why do hope the Kings are in Seattle next year?  Do you live in Washington state?  If not, Myob.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

The Kings are worse than the Nets, and that's saying something.  Pathetic trade.

 

Fire the GM; lynch the Maloofs...Microsoft here we come!

LyfeStiles
LyfeStiles

WTH Kings!!!! Don't make any more moves until the team is in Seattle and a competent GM has been hired. 

gheewala.pratish
gheewala.pratish

#KingsManagement

 

Kings lost, big time.  No offense but Patterson, has had like what 2 years now, and he's just like T-Rob in terms of ability, but T-rob has greater potential.

bgod1914
bgod1914

I don't think this is a bad trade, just one of those down the road trades that I hope works out for both teams. Robinson has an upside and Patterson is a solid forward to have when you are rebuilding. I just don't like trade deadline movies that don't make an impact now. No offense but this is a trade that could have happened anytime ( I know due to contracts some of the players would change). Plus I want the Kings (who I hope will go back to being the Super Sonics) will get better and the Rockets get another piece to play with Harden. The NBA is better when there are good teams all around and not just some ok teams with 3 or 4 greats.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Don't really get this trade from either side. Houston is banking on Robinson potential from his time at Kansas which I did not view as that great, even though with his story about his mother and raising his sister I pull for him. Then you have Sacramentos view, if Cousins is such a headache and People are critical of Thompson, why would you deal away your supposed potential starting forward for someone like Patrick Patterson who's a nice bench player and nothing more. This justs reek of trade for the sake of a trade.