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The Kings gave up early on a lottery pick and are headed to Seattle.
Eight months ago the Sacramento Kings used the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft to select Thomas Robinson. He and DeMarcus Cousins were supposed to form one of the best young frontcourts in the NBA.
Instead, Robinson never started a game for the Kings. In just 15.9 minutes per game Robinson averaged just 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
While his play this season has been less than stellar, there was no reason from a talent standpoint for the Kings to give up on Robinson. He is just 21-years-old, and there is a reason that he was the fifth player taken in the draft, the guy was the second-best big man in last year's draft.
However, the Kings appear to have made the deal for short-term financial reasons. Although they shed no long-term contracts, the team saved $3 million in salary this season and received $1 million from the Rockets.
This move will save some money for the team while their pending sale to a Seattle-based ownership group is looked at by the league in April.
After trading Robinson, the team's long-term prospects are as bad as ever.