NBA Trade Deadline Recap: Breaking Down The Houston Rockets’ Trades

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and plenty have deals have been made. However, the move that most expected to happen did not come to fruition. Josh Smith will remain in an Atlanta Hawks uniform for the rest of the 2012-13 campaign. I can’t say that I agree with Danny Ferry’s decision to not get at least a little something in return for Smith. In my opinion, Smith will not resign when he hits free agency this summer and the Hawks will be left with nothing. Well, tough break for Atlanta fans but like I said there are a number of moves that were actually made that might bring the fans of other teams some excitement.

Thomas Robinson

Last night the Sacramento Kings decided to send the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft to the Houston Rockets. In return, the Kings brought Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas out to California’s capital, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.


Feb 19, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward Thomas Robinson (0) drives in against San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In my opinion, this trade works out pretty well for both teams. The Kings brought in some more depth at both the center and guard position with the acquisitions of Aldrich and Douglas. In addition to that, the Kings may have found a way to make Demarcus Cousins a little happier for the time being. Cousins and Patterson played together at the University of Kentucky. Look for those two to work well together in the post and increase the very low level of chemistry this team has. On the other side of the deal, the Rockets not only add a little more cap space to play around with in free agency but they also get the hard working Thomas Robinson who has plenty of upside. Robinson is a tough guy both mentally and physically. Although this is true, I don’t believe Sacramento is a good place to grow and develop as a rookie. I don’t care who you are, the Kings don’t have any veteran leadership and as I mentioned before, have very little chemistry. I fully expect to see Robinson increase his productivity in a Rockets uniform. He will get regular minutes with the loss of both Patterson and Marcus Morris, (more on Morris later).

Marcus Morris

As I mentioned above, Thomas Robinson wasn’t the only Kansas product to be traded prior to the deadline. The Houston Rockets sent Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.


Mar 20, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forwards Marcus Morris (22) and Markieff Morris (21) during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men

This is another trade that I approve of. The Rockets again give themselves a little more cap room and they also get the second round pick to either use or trade after the season. The Suns get a slight edge as winners in the deal though because they managed to complete the Morris twin puzzle. If you followed college basketball at all when these two were at Kansas, you know how well they play together. They know what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are and where and when they’ll be at a specific spot on the floor. What else do you expect? They’re are twins after all. In their last season in Kansas, Markieff lead the team with 8.3 RPG while Marcus was second with 7.6. In addition, Markieff and Marucs averaged 13.6 and 17.2 PPG respectively. Marcus’ 17.2 were good for best on the team. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Morris’ take the floor together in Phoenix. If their time together in college is any indication of how they’ll play together in the NBA, then the Suns have something to be excited about.