A mere eight months after being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, Thomas Robinson is on the move. According to reports by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com, Robinson has been traded from the Kings to the Houston Rockets, along with G/F Francisco Garcia and SF Tyler Honeycutt. In return, the Kings will receive PF Patrick Patterson, C Cole Aldrich and PG Toney Douglas.
In another move, Houston is sending SF/PF Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick. Morris, who wasn’t receiving much playing time in a loaded frontcourt for the Rockets, will now be reunited with his twin brother Markieff out in the desert.With all these moves in mind, Robinson (averaging 4.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg) will now have a chance to make a bigger impact on a rotation elsewhere. While Sacramento was a seemingly perfect place for the youthful big-man (drafted 5th overall in June out of Kansas), he was never really given the opportunity to flourish; in Robinson’s 51 games this season, he never started a single contest and only averaged 16 minutes per game.
By moving both Patterson, Aldrich, and Morris, the Rockets have now freed up more playing time for their two power-forward rookies, Robinson and Terrence Jones, who has been biding his time on the Rockets bench for most of the season. While it’s not currently clear as to whom will be receiving the majority of minutes (or starts) at the four spot, it is a positive sign that Houston likes what they see in Robinson -to make a trade for him -and Jones -to keep him around for the future.
Robinson and Jones are used to competition, though, as the two faced each other for the NCAA National Championship back in April when the two were playing for Kansas and Kentucky respectfully. Knowing the two competitors these two are, this battle will be just as fierce; however, as long as Houston can win games, it’s doubtful that there will be much complaining from either man.