NBA Trade Deadline: Why Moving Thomas Robinson Was a Horrible Idea for the Kings

Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 20, 2013

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 10:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center on December 10, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Supporting the Sacramento Kings just makes me want to repeatedly bang my head against the wall. 

Especially now, after the Kings made their latest trade. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, rookie power forward Thomas Robinson headlines the deal with the Houston Rockets. Houston also gets Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and a future second-round pick. 

Coming to Sacramento are Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. So, what's the initial verdict on this trade?

This further proves how much of a joke the Sacramento Kings franchise is. 

Robinson has played just 51 games for Sacramento since being taken No. 5 in last year's draft out of Kansas. He's been somewhat of a disappointment thus far, but is that a legitimate reason to trade him away? Of course it isn't, but this is the kind of thing you expect from such a mediocre club. There's a reason Sacramento has been so awful over the past six or seven years. 

Add this trade to the list. 

Here's why this exchange was ill-advised: of the guys who the Kings got in return, only Patterson is a player capable of holding down regular playing time. Aldrich and Douglas are simply scrubs, and their value comes from their contracts which expire after this season. Patterson's expires after next season. 

Trades like this keep teams out of the playoffs. Giving up on high draft picks this quickly is never a good idea, no matter who the player is. After all, something is wrong when you remember that uber-dud Quincy Douby was given more time to prove himself than Robinson did.

While the Kings are making fools of themselves, the Rockets are doing everything right. Acquiring Robinson gives them another young, promising asset and general manager Daryl Morey is looking more and more competent by the day compared to the Kings' Geoff Petrie.

Excuse me, I got his name wrong. More like Geoff Putrid.

The Rockets now have several young assets to form a trade with, including Robinson, Royce White, Terrance Jones and Donatas Montiejunas. Houston will surely be contenders to sign a big name sooner or later. 

As for the Kings, this simply puts them in position to have a little bit more cap space next season, and considering past free-agent signings this will only result in a moderately average player moving to Sacramento. Travis Outlaw, anyone?

Frankly, this trade was awful for the Kings, and as a fan of the club since I was born, all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. 

Maybe Shaquille O'Neal was right all those years ago when he called this franchise the Sacramento Queens. This team doesn't deserve to be thought of as Kings. 

Better yet, the city of Sacramento doesn't deserve this kind of incompetence. 

Just move to Seattle already. Put Kings fans out of their misery, please.