Jul 10

Trade For Thomas Robinson Completed

By caseyholdahl

Next up in today's Post-Moratorium Official Transactions Cavalcade: The Portland Trail Blazers acquire Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the rights to Kostas Papnikolaou and Marko Todorovic and two second-round picks.

“Thomas is a dynamic young big man with tremendous upside,” said Olshey in the team's press release. “He is an elite athlete and brings a unique set of physical tools to our roster. He has the potential to be one of the best young power forwards in the league and his development will be a priority for us.”

According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW, Robinson will play for Portland's summer league team, with their first game being this Saturday in Las Vegas.

It's been a rough rookie season for Robinson. Drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth pick (the pick just before Damian Lillard, by the way), Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game before being traded, along with Fransisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt, to the Rockets in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas.

Robinson then averaged 4.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19 games before being traded in a cost-cutting move, clearing the way for the Rockets to sign free agent center Dwight Howard.

One thing the official press release doesn't say is what number Robinson will wear. He wore No. 0 as a Kansas Jayhawk and Sacramento King, but that number is obviously taken by Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard. He wore No. 41 in Houston, so maybe he'll go with that.


  1. NOW it's official, I've been counting the days! Welcome to Portland MR. Robinson! :) THIS is by far my fav. move of this offseason; we got a ssssssttteal ppl!!! All the other guys we brought in r awesome moves & were necessary & will b fun to watch BUT having T-Rob WITH US... IS THE sweetest move o' the summer! The league needs to watch out, T-Rob WILL flourish as a Blazer; Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood 2.0 baby!!!

    by Simpson on 7/10/2013 9:56 AM
  2. My question is what the front office expects from him. Olshey said T-Rob's development would be a priority, but with Aldridge playing PF and averaging 38 minutes a game, that leaves 10 minutes a game for him, which is fewer minutes than he averaged in either Houston or Sacramento last season. T-Rob may be good, but he's not a good as Lamarcus and I don't think he ever will be.

    by chris.barnes on 7/10/2013 11:28 AM
  3. However, I could see some small ball lineups with LMA at the 5, T-Rob sliding over to the 4 and Nicolas at the 3. I could also see T-rob learning the 5 at times. The positions are not as important as the results and I think he definitely has the skills to rebound above the rim, finish in traffic and alter shots inside. What more do we need?
    Having said all that, I REALLLLLY hope this is not a prelude to trading the best power forward on our team. I don't think so but I am hoping not.
    Anybody out there think T-Rob could slip down and play some 3 on the wing? He surely seems athletic enough.

    by Just Tim on 7/10/2013 12:36 PM
  4. He'd be a pretty big wing at 6'10"... plus we just signed Wright as Batum's backup so I don't think there are plans to try him out at the 3. Playing LMA at the five with TRob for a few minutes might be an option depending on how well the defend and rebound.

    by chris.barnes on 7/10/2013 1:40 PM
  5. TRob is a solid 4. The thing I like about him for us is that he's a talented rebounder.

    by riverman on 7/10/2013 1:43 PM

    by commontongue on 7/10/2013 2:35 PM
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