Rockets get Kings' Robinson in big trade

Rockets get Kings' Robinson in big trade
February 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Morris, Patterson and Aldrich after trade

Rockets react to trade

The Rockets made a splash on Wednesday.

They traded Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to the Kings for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt, CSNHouston has confirmed. The deals are pending league approval.

"It's a business," Douglas said. "That doesn't surprise me. It's a part of the NBA and the league, trade value. That's what it is. You just have to move forward. I'm ready to get to Sacramento and move on."

Robinson, a 6-9 forward, was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He has averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds while playing in just under 16 minutes per game with the Kings. Francisco Garcia has been in the league and with the Kings since 2005. This season, he's averaging 5.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. His best seasons came in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Honeycutt is in his second NBA season. He has scored eight points this year and has played in just 32 minutes.

"That's part of the job," Aldrich said. "We can't thank the Rockets enough for having us, the time and just spending those opportunities and having fun with the guys on the team. Those are the things we're going to remember."

Patrick Patterson, in his third season with the Rockets, has started 38 games this year, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

The Rockets also traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round pick. Morris will be reunited with his twin brother Markieff.

"I shedded a tear or two," Morris said. "I'm just happy to be back with my brother, get a chance to reunite and get going."

All four players were not on the court as Houston took on the Thunder on Wednesday night. Carlos Delfino started in place of Patterson.

The deals were originally reported by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Rockets react to trade