It would be hard to say you saw this one coming.
As reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sacramento Kings dealt Thomas Robinson to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday evening, acquiring a package that consists of Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas in return.
Along with Robinson, Sacramento traded Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to Houston.
The move comes as a mild surprise, as it's rare for a team to give up on a lottery selection—much less a top-five pick like Robinson—less than a year after drafting him.
While the move appears to be a one-sided transaction that benefits the Rockets, it's not hard to understand why the Kings pulled the trigger on this deal.
With DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Chuck Hayes and even James Johnson ahead of Robinson on the depth chart, there simply wasn't room for the first-year product out of Kansas to evolve under Keith Smart.
The Kings also shaved cap space with the move (per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver), which may be more important to the franchise than any potential Robinson may have held:
In total, the Kings send out $10.3 million in salary commitments this season while receiving just $6.6 million in return. Sacramento’s financial savings in the deal amounts to a pro-rated portion of that $3.7 million difference in salary.
Now situated in Houston, Robinson appears ready to take on a more significant role on a Rockets team that's firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot.