Another blockbuster deal that packaged Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, Victor Claver, and a lottery-protected first round pick for 2016 to go to Denver in exchange for standout forward, Arron Affalo sends question marks surrounding Robinson’s future in Denver
The structure of NBA rosters everywhere felt the impact of several deals before the NBA trade deadline happened Thursday afternoon. One of the biggest moves involved the Portland Trailblazers‘ acquisition of Arron Affalo to try and increase the number of weapons they have going into the playoffs. The deal was done at a steep price for Portland, which included three players: Will Barton, Victor Claver, and Thomas Robinson, as well as a lottery-protected first round pick.
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The idea behind Robinson’s reps seeking a buyout is that if he could latch on to a playoff contender, it could increase his value going into the off season.
His contract, that would expire at the end of the season, was not something the Trailblazers wanted to pick up. This year, his production has been unimpressive averaging only 3.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. This need for his stock to rise once free agency hits might not be such a bad plan for Robinson after all.
Drafted out of Kansas as the 5th overall pick in 2012 by the Houston Rockets, Robinson has been bouncing around all over the NBA ever since. Following his brief, 19 game stint in Houston, Robinson was sent to the Sacramento Kings to finish out the 2012-13 season. In the 2013 off season, he was traded to the Portland Trailblazers where he has remained ever since until today.
He was hoping of really finding his stride with the Trailblazers, after under-producing his first two seasons. But could not really find any success in a star-studded roster. He has only averaged 4.2 points in limited minutes. Hopefully for Robinson, things will be different as he moves forward in his career.
The Nuggets and Robinson are expected to reach a decision by the end of the month regarding his buyout. This would allow Robinson to still play on Denver’s roster before a potential deal is reached. Either way, a huge move for both teams that will prove to be successful or unproductive as the season plays out.
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