Jun 30

BREAKING: Blazers acquire Thomas Robinson via trade from Rockets

By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers, jeffwithey, Kings, LaMarcusAldridge, Rockets, thomasrobinson
Apparently there is no rest, not even on a Sunday, for Blazers General manager Neil Olshey.

Shortly after 5 p.m. today, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported the the Blazers have acquired last summer's number five pick, Thomas Robinson, from the Rockets. Wojnarowski reports that the Blazers will send two future second-round draft picks and the rights to foreign players Kostas Papinikolau and Marko Todorovic to the Rockets in exchange for the 6'10" power forward from Kansas.

Robinson was selected fifth by the Kings and was traded to the Rockets two-thirds of the way into his rookie season. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game last season. He appeared in a combined 70 games for the two teams.

The trade has the potential to reunite Robinson with center Jeff Withey, whom the Blazers drafted in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft, should the latter earn a roster spot with the team. Robinson and Withey played together in college at Kansas.

In my own analysis, I don't think Robinson got much of a chance to show his abilities during his rookie year, as he never found a consistent spot in neither the Kings nor the Rockets' rotations. 

He'll likely serve as backup to LaMarcus Aldridge next season, and could be an indication that the Blazers will not re-sign JJ Hickson.

For more information on Robinson, check out his NBA-dot-com page:

Thomas Robinson

The move comes just hours before the start of free agency when teams may begin talking to prospective signees.


Note: I don't often pass on information on trades nor rumors, but over the past several seasons, I've found Wojnarowski to be one of the most, if not the most, reliable sources of goings on regarding NBA player movement.

In Kassandra's Words features periodic blogs throughout the year. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end; players come and go; our Blazers are forever. 


  1. Thanks for the update, Miss Kassandra

    by Hg on 6/30/2013 5:57 PM
  2. no problem. i was on this! i like the move. LaMarcus should be happy about it too!

    by Kassandra on 6/30/2013 5:59 PM
  3. i think this is a great move, pick #5 in last years draft obviously he's talented, good backup for Lamarcus and we got him for practically nothing

    by mattystars on 6/30/2013 6:01 PM
  4. I was just about to post the same thing..you're quick Kass! This could be another similar situation to JJ's arrival in Portland. The guy might blossom here! 2012 top level draft pick for Euro rights and future 2nd rounders...good first move for free agency.

    by riverman on 6/30/2013 6:14 PM
  5. Great move and great article! Nice job Kass.

    by CamCripps3 on 6/30/2013 6:28 PM
  6. @mattystars: there's definitely some talent there. now he gets to learn from the best all-around pf in the league. came for a cheap price too!

    @riverman: i started looking into this after i read Wojnarowski's tweet. truthfully, if it had come from anyone else, i would have sit tight. T-Rob could become the next JJ. great move by us!

    @CamCripps3: i wasn't expecting anything this weekend, so it turned out to be a great surprise. i can see the team start coming together!

    by Kassandra on 6/30/2013 6:30 PM
  7. This trade makes a lot of sense for the Blazers. I agree that he could be another J.J. Hickson. I think this really helps our rebounding and depth behind Aldridge.

    by julianne on 6/30/2013 7:15 PM
  8. Wow, This guy has a wingspan is just short of 7'4. Height may say 6'10, but dang. Even Hickson has a WS of 7'2. So even if this guy has a similar/slight improved build then Hickson, I am happy. I must say I will miss JJs energy if he is not resigned, and you are right IMO, it looks like the end of Hickson in Rip City. He played himself right out of Portland. He will find a great starting spot somewhere.

    by sedare on 6/30/2013 7:38 PM
  9. @Julie: i think it makes a lot of sense. this is the kind of depth we've needed. i'm very pleased with this trade. he said in an interview he thinks this move will be his breakthrough ... i hope so!

    @sedare: i'll miss JJ if he's not re-signed, which i think will be the case. Thomas has an nba build and i really like his rebounding numbers, which roughly translate to 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. i honestly think he will be similar to JJ.

    by Kassandra on 6/30/2013 8:22 PM
  10. My understanding on JJ was that he was wanting to be on a team as the starting PF, and that just wasn't going to happen here, plus of course I believe he is looking for a bigger contract than the Blazers wanted to give, Therefore I believe he was already gone.

    by Hg on 6/30/2013 11:36 PM
  11. @Hg: that's my take on it too. i think he'd like to player here, but if we keep LaMarcus, he's not going to start. JJ has earned a starting position and a bigger contract, but that's simply something we cannot give him. unless we trade LaMarcus, i don't see us bringing JJ back.

    by Kassandra on 7/1/2013 10:54 AM
  12. To make more sense out of it, I read somewhere that TRob and Withey was a great duo in college.

    QUESTION Miss Kassandra, Do you think we should try to get Asik, since Houston is also putting him on the blocks, His salary isn't too high and we have matching salaries that can be dumped by Houston. He would be a good starting center, but I supposed he would be in high demands.

    by Hg on 7/1/2013 11:10 AM
  13. @Hg: if we could put together the right package, then i would love to bring Asik to the Blazers. he's not a free agent, so all it would take is the right combination of trade pieces. i think it could be done. personally, that would seal the deal for me. i would predict at that very moment that we would make the playoffs next year. Asik, in my opinion, is that good.

    by Kassandra on 7/1/2013 11:56 AM
  14. Kassandra..... thank ykou for another great scoop. Everyone keeps talkinh about Asik, and don't het me wrong, but who would we trade to get him? I guarantee it will take some draft picks, but what else do we have? Personally, I like what Myers brings to the table, and with the shot blocking of Withey, I think we could be solid if we bring in the right veteran mentoring (say in the form of.... The Thrilla), someone to show them what it means to play tough, set screens, rebound, and protect the rim. He knows his offensive role, and only takes shots when needed (we have enough scorers on the starting 5), and I believe Leonard has the potential to have a pretty good offensive game. Thoughts?

    by slyda34 on 7/1/2013 9:26 PM
  15. @slyda34; The Rockets are planning on getting Howard, if so they are putting Asik up for trade, I think his price is 8.3 Mill are something of that nature. I like Mayers and Withey also, but they are about 2 years down the road, Asik would give us instant play-off.

    by Hg on 7/2/2013 12:43 AM
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