Blazers trade for Robinson; happy to be in a new situation

Blazers trade for Robinson; happy to be in a new situation
June 30, 2013, 6:00 pm
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The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired power forward Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Robinson's people confirmed the deal to CSNNW.com.

"I'm just glad to to get an opportunity to play," Robinson told CSNNW.com. "This is a business and Houston is a making a business move. I'm just happy to be in another situation to get an opportunity to play."

Houston is clearing up cap space for the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.

This is the second time Robinson, 22, has been traded as he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings before being dealt to the Rockets midway through the 2012-13 season.

"It's all about being in the right situation," he said. "Hopefully I'll be in that situation in Portland. But I'm cool right now."

In 70 games with both the Kings and Rockets last season, Robinson averaged 4.8 points, 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game.

Todorovic, 22, is a forward from Montenegro that was taken No. 45 in last weeks draft. Papanikolau, 22, is Greek forward who was taken with the No. 48 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

With this move, the Trail Blazers should have somewhere around $9 million in cap space available for free agents. Robinson will earn $3.5 during the 2013-14 season.

The deal won't be official until July 10.