Thomas Robinson

Report: Rockets trade Thomas Robinson to the Blazers


The Rockets have made the final deal in order to ensure they’ll have enough space under the league’s salary cap to offer Dwight Howard a max contract when they meet with him Sunday night.

Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return in order to make that financial commitment to Howard, and have successfully done so by dealing him to the Portland Trail Blazers.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Portland will send Houston two future second-round picks and the draft rights to two foreign players, league sources tells Y!

Portland will send the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic to the Rockets, league sources tell Y! Sports.

Deal can’t be completed until July 10, but agreed in principle now, sources tell Y! Houston goes into Dwight Howard meeting with cap space.

And that’s what this was all about.

Meanwhile, Robinson will be sent to his third team before beginning his second NBA season.

After being drafted fifth overall by the Kings in 2012, he was shipped to Houston in a multi-player, deadline day deal. Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game as a rookie, and appeared in 70 contests.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

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Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.