The current NBA season has been noticeably lacking in trades and trade talk, but on Wednesday the Rockets, Suns and Kings pulled off a three-team trade that may spark other teams to make something happen as well before today’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Each team seemed to have different motivations in completing the trade, as Houston looked to acquire talent, Sacramento looked to dump salary and Phoenix aimed to reunite two brothers.
The Rockets received the best part of the deal, acquiring 2012 first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Kings in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and $1 million in cash. The Rockets then went out and snagged a 2013 second-round pick from the Suns in exchange for Marcus Morris, who will join his twin brother Markieff Morris in Phoenix.
The big winner in all of this seems to be the Rockets, who appear to be loading up for a playoff run this season. Robinson is the biggest piece of the trade, a player who has a large amount of future potential. He’s averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in his first NBA season after being selected fifth overall by the Kings in 2012. The Rockets will also be happy to add Garcia, who is averaging 5.2 points per game this year.
On paper, the big loser of the trade seems to be the Kings, but after looking closer, they actually helped themselves out financially. The trade will ultimately save the organization – which is likely headed to Seattle next season – $3 million in cap space and they were still able to secure a three-player for three-player trade. They also picked up a very productive player in Patterson, who is scoring 11.6 points per game this season.
Meanwhile the Suns, who were not as heavily involved as the other two teams, picked up a valuable addition in Morris, who is not only scoring 8.6 points per contest, but he will also get the opportunity to rejoin his twin brother Markieff. The two last played together, and had plenty of success in each other’s company, at the University of Kansas.
“It’s my first trade,” Marcus Morris said, via ESPN.com. “All I kept hearing was, it’s a business. It happens. I mean, it does happen. I’m excited to see where my career can go from here.
The Rockets – currently in eighth place in the West – needed a push to stay in the thick of things are maybe this is just what they needed. Meanwhile, the Kings – who are out of the playoff picture – looked like they simply wanted to save some dough.
We’ll have to wait and see if the trade helps the Rockets down the stretch and we’ll also have to see if the trade inspires other teams to make some deals as well.