NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Kings Crazy to Trade Thomas Robinson Away

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2013

Oct. 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Sacramento Kings forward (0) Thomas Robinson against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have traded Thomas Robinson to the Houston Rockets—a move that shows how dysfunctional and shortsighted this organization has become.

Via Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnorowski:

The Houston Rockets acquired Sacramento's Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, in a deal on Wednesday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Rockets sent Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich to the Kings.

Robinson was drafted with the No. 5 overall pick by the Kings less than a year ago. And while he hasn't been a dominant player for Sacramento, there's no doubt he has the potential to become one in the years to come. 

Douglas and Aldrich are just part of the deal because they had to be for the finances to be right.

Patterson is an impressive player who averages 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, and he can help the Kings this year, but he isn't going to become a superstar. 

Robinson has that kind of potential, and the Kings threw it away in a move that proves how little they care about building a team that will contend for the long haul. 

Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer put it like this:

The Kings just dealt Thomas Robinson to save 27 games worth of salary on a player that they selected eight months ago as a top five pick. These are the Sacramento Kings owners. They frost their tips, they fail at business, and they dislike Sacramento Kings fans.

This move doesn't help the Kings get better. 

All it does is show how cheap this organization has become. 

Sacramento fans must be sick to their stomachs. These are fans that have bled purple for the Maloof family and the Kings for years now, and the only thing they have gotten in return is a strong desire to punch someone in the face.

Sacramento will finish the season as one of the worst teams in the NBA, just has it has every year in recent memory, and the team has once again traded away a potential star. 

Long live the Kings (sarcasm included)!


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