HoopsHype Thomas Robinson rumors

June 25, 2013 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have shown interest in Robinson, according to another individual with knowledge of the Rockets efforts to move Robinson’s $3.5 million salary next season. Though it would be difficult for the Spurs to make any sort of deal for Robinson directly with the Rockets and would likely have to add a third team in a larger deal. Houston Chronicle

The Rockets have also had talks with the Chicago Bulls, according to the person familiar with negotiations so far, but he said that unlike with the Spurs and Cavaliers, he did not know if the Bulls were interested in Robinson or could be part of a larger deal. Houston Chronicle

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June 16, 2013 Updates

The threat of the James Harden-led Rockets signing Howard away from L.A. is very real to the Lakers, sources said, which means the Lakers will eventually be getting a sign-and-trade pitch from Houston as well. The Rockets will have the cap space to sign Howard outright after the expected shedding of Thomas Robinson's contract, but sources say that the Rockets will certainly attempt to convince the Lakers to take in return Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a sign-and-trade deal for Howard, thus theoretically keeping alive the possibility that Houston could preserve its cap space to pursue Chris Paul and possibly pair Howard with Paul. ESPN.com

May 30, 2013 Updates

The Rockets are targeting teams with the cap space to absorb Robinson's contract. The Rockets are trying to cobble together a package that could include assets such as a trade exception, a draft pick or non-guaranteed contracts that they can be unloaded, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

May 29, 2013 Updates
April 7, 2013 Updates

One thing it does is mark someone's territory, or in the case of Thomas Robinson, reminds the Kings that he was ever with them. Inside the Kings' practice facility, a pair of white and purple Nike shoes hang from a beam in the rafters. Robinson tossed them there on his last night in Sacramento. Was there any meaning? "I was just trying to see if I could get my shoes up there," Robinson said. "Somebody else was in there with me, but I can't say the name." Sacramento Bee

Robinson said the trade "was a shock," but the situation is part of the business of the NBA. The rookie said he's comfortable with his role on the Rockets, even if it means not playing all the time, because he knows what to expect. Robinson said he doesn't look back with sadness on his time with the Kings. "I don't have any regrets," Robinson said. "I'm glad the Kings gave me a chance and drafted me. They put me in the league." Sacramento Bee

March 19, 2013 Updates
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SLAM: Do you feel like you got a fair shake in Sacramento? Thomas Robinson: I felt like I didn’t get a fair chance to show what I got put in this League for and I really don’t know why but I do know that I got a chance here. SLAM: From the outside looking in, the Kings look like a soup sandwich. Is that really the case? TR: I won’t say all that. Every team, got they problems. That’s about as far as I can go with that [laughs]. SLAM

March 7, 2013 Updates
February 27, 2013 Updates

But according to Robinson’s former teammate, Tyreke Evans, the rookie was frustrated with his role in Sacramento and likely needed a change of scenery to truly develop. Evans compared Robinson’s rookie year to date with current Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft, who was involved in trade rumors from the day Brooklyn drafted him until being traded 56 games into his rookie season. “[Robinson] is going to be pretty good,” Evans told HOOPSWORLD. “He’s young and got a lot of talent. He was a little frustrated here, but the same thing [happened] with Derrick Favors. He was in New Jersey frustrated, went to Utah and now he’s playing good.” HoopsWorld

February 26, 2013 Updates

After signing Carlos Delfino last summer, Morey could sacrifice others in a trade without weakening the team, and that's how he squeezed the Kings for Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick. Look, Robinson was unimpressive with the Kings, but he's only 21 and the Rockets put themselves in position to give him a chance to become a solid player, without tapping into their prime assets. It was a worthy gamble. If Robinson is slow to develop, you figure Morey will use him to turn 50 cents into a dollar once again. "We tried to move up to get Thomas Robinson in the draft." Morey said. "He led the country in rebounding. He can run the floor. He's a big- time athlete, a guy you want around the rim. We think he'll get quality minutes and turn into a quality player." SportsonEarth

February 22, 2013 Updates

The surprise trade sent Patterson, along with Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas were shipped to Sacramento in exchange for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt on Wednesday. "For me it was a big surprise, I had no idea or any clue that I was going to get traded," the 23-year-old Patterson told News10 from Houston on Thursday afternoon. "I had a belief that I was still going to be wearing a Houston Rockets uniform, but obviously it didn't work out that way. "I was definitely surprised, shocked and caught off guard," he said. news10.net

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