The approach of the 2013 NBA trade deadline hasn't produced a flurry of activity yet, but it produced a bit of shocker on Wednesday night.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade 2012 first-round pick Thomas Robinson to the Houston Rockets in a six-player deal also headlined by Patrick Patterson:
Sacramento has traded forward Thomas Robinson to the Houston Rockets, league source tells Y Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
The Rockets will send Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to the Kings for Thomas Robinson, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Per Wojnarowski's report, Fransisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and a second-round draft pick are also headed to Houston in the deal.
As the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft out of Kansas—although Robinson hasn't had a stellar season by NBA standards—this move comes as quite a shock. Robinson is averaging just under five points and five rebounds in 15.9 minutes this season, and hasn't found his way out of Keith Smart's doghouse to provide meaningful minutes.
That could all change in Houston.
DeMarcus Cousins has been the Kings player who has received the most trade interest this season, in part because of his supreme talent on an otherwise poor team and also because attitude problems and locker-room issues have been a hallmark of his time in the NBA.
However, it's Robinson that is reportedly to get the boot, as the Rockets continue to upgrade their franchise in pursuit of a brighter future. The Rockets also traded away power forward Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, per Wojnarowski.
Robinson will have a chance to come in and gain minutes right away in Houston alongside Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Omer Asik. The trade also opens up room for fellow rookie Terrence Jones, who averaged 18.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 17 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League.
Garcia will help Houston in a reserve role as a defender and perimeter shooter, while Honeycutt is considered a project that will need more time to develop.
Sacramento will get three nice role players in this deal, but will also likely take some criticism for failing to acquire a first-round pick or any players of note in return. Patrick Patterson was having a nice season for the Rockets, starting 37 games while averaging 11.6 points on nearly 52 percent shooting, but has tapered off after a hot start.
The NBA trade deadline is nothing if not unpredictable. Thomas Robinson is now a Rocket, and we'll wait for the next domino to drop on the trade front.