Trade For Thomas Robinson Completed
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.