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Rockets acquire Thomas Robinson

02/21/2013 10:25 AM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Thomas Robinson was the fifth-overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.(AP)
The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings got down to business one day before the NBA trade deadline on Wednesday. The Rockets traded for Thomas Robinson, forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. In return, the Kings acquired forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, and point guard and former Knick Toney Douglas.

What makes this trade so unique is that the Kings traded away the No. 5 pick from the 2012 NBA draft. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Robinson was the fifth top-five draft pick in the lottery era to be traded in his rookie season. The others were Derrick Favors, Drew Gooden, Chauncey Billups and Donyell Marshall.

Robinson, who saw limited time in his rookie season with the Kings, was stuck behind veterans Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes. The 6-10 power forward played in 51 games off the bench, and averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 boards in 15.9 minutes per game - this after averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in his last year at Kansas in 2011-12.

The 6-9 Patterson started 38 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Douglas was in a very familiar position in 2013. He backed up Jeremy Lin for 49 games with the Rockets after doing much of the same in 2012 with the Knicks.

Patterson, Aldrich and Douglas walked out of the Toyota Center just as Houston was starting its game against Thunder. The short-handed Rockets rallied to beat the No. 2-seeded Oklahoma City, 122-119. The Rockets are currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

''It was definitely the weirdest game I've ever played in,'' said Houston forward Chandler Parsons. ''It was hard to focus, it was hard to block (out) four friends leaving.''

The Rockets weren't done with that trade. On Wednesday, they also reached an agreement to send forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a future second-round pick. Morris will now be teamed with his twin brother Markieff Morris, a role player in Phoenix this season. The Morris brothers created havoc while playing for the Kansas Jayhawks.

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