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Report: Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to the Blazers

Jun 30, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

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The Rockets have made the final deal in order to ensure they’ll have enough space under the league’s salary cap to offer Dwight Howard a max contract when they meet with him Sunday night.

Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return in order to make that financial commitment to Howard, and have successfully done so by dealing him to the Portland Trail Blazers.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Portland will send Houston two future second-round picks and the draft rights to two foreign players, league sources tells Y!

Portland will send the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic to the Rockets, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Deal can’t be completed until July 10, but agreed in principle now, sources tell Y! Houston goes into Dwight Howard meeting with cap space.

And that’s what this was all about.

Meanwhile, Robinson will be sent to his third team before beginning his second NBA season.

After being drafted fifth overall by the Kings in 2012, he was shipped to Houston in a multi-player, deadline day deal. Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game as a rookie, and appeared in 70 contests.

  1. halfbaht - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Houston will regret this when Dwight re-signs in LA. Great pick up for the blazers

    • melkipershero - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Right. Like after said hed be the 3rd option? Dwights as good as gone. Honestly probably for the best. He seems really mentally fragile. That doesnt work well playing for the Lakers.

    • anhdazman - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      Like how DH12 resigned in Orlando. Lol. DH12 is good as gone.

  2. quickrespond - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    WOW! thats alot for TRob but it is what it is. SA missed out.

    • JHathwell - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      What???

      it’s 2 #2’s and couple of guys drafted in the late 2nd round. it’s nothing, basically.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      A lot?

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      A lot? They practically gave him away for hand-crafted Tijuana street jewelry and and a couple tacos!

  3. htownred34 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Not too bad those 2 second round picks will help I would still rather have Trob though…

  4. thekingdave - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Morey gets the benefit of the doubt. Houston desperately needed a 4 at the end of last season and they turned to Motjieunas, Terrence Jones, Greg Smith before Robinson. He looked clueless the times he was out there. They played small in the postseason with Delfino and Garcia somehow playing the 4.

    • JHathwell - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      He just needs to be in the right place, and maybe playing alongside LA will be it for him.

      • thekingdave - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Yes because being coached by one of the best big men to ever suit up in the NBA for a team desperately seeking a starting 4 was a terrible situation for him…

      • JHathwell - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Well, he was a terrible fit with what the Rockets do offensively and he played a grand total of 19 games for them. The Rockets are a team that spreads it out and shoots 3’s all day, and you need stretch 4’s to do that.

  5. jr420eightball - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    TRobinson 4.6points a game … BUST!!!!!

    • eboneseagles - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      That’s in 15 minutes….

      • shanelsweet - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        There’s a backstory to TRob that’s not being told yet, and it must be a doozy ’cause you just don’t see a #5 pick one year traded for 2nd round picks the next year.

    • jazynaz - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      he should have stayed in college longer. maybe he couldn’t afford to because, i think i remember something like, he’s “raising” his little sister.

    • anhdazman - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      That’s after his rookie season. I think you need to give the guy 3 years and a full year on one team to get his feet underneath himself.

  6. Anoesis - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I can’t say I’d cry if Howard went to Houston, but I hope for their sake they have a back-up plan if he doesn’t.

    • thekingdave - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      They’ll fill the cap space with vets on one or two year deals and try for Kevin Love.

  7. PastyRasta - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    How can you possibly call him a bust when he saw sporadic playing time in a dysfunctional Sacramento then went to Houston where he wasn’t a good fit…in a lockout shortened season no less give him a chance to actually play before you make such a definite statement about his career.

  8. jjacks1122 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    So Harden couldn’t win a title with KD and Westbrook…but he can win one with Dwight? Oh ok…

    • casualcommenter - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      KD and Westbrook have made it to one Finals and lost (with Harden), while Dwight Howard has made it to one Finals and lost, so I’m not sure what your point is.

      If anything, last season proved that Harden was capable of doing far more than he was able to playing with Westbrook and KD, who both like having the ball in their hands.

      Harden-Howard pick-and-rolls would probably be more effective than the pick-and-rolls OKC had Harden run with Nick Collison…

      • jjacks1122 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Point being a center three years removed from that championship form who has shown can only shine when the entire offense is catered to him and will openly sulk and pout when things aren’t going his way may not be the best way to spend a max deal

  9. big49er - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Unfortunately Robinson was probably never in the Rockets plans for the future, it’s all part of the master plan Morey is cooking up! It’s also a great pick up for Portland with Aldridge’s uncertainty in returning to Portland, Robinson can get quality minutes and be part of a young and very good nucleus.

  10. vols84 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    This guy is quickly on pass to play for every NBA team before he retires.

  11. cluelessdufus - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Either there is something the Rockets know that we don’t or they think that Howard is for sure signing with them, remember they traded for Robinson from the Kings as well, so both teams could see the same thing in Robinson,but regardless they could have moved Lin at a decent price and he hasn’t lived up to his contract. If this trade went through it isn’t that bad, 2 firsts and the rights to some undisclosed players.

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