Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to trade for Houston Rockets forward Thomas Robinson.
Houston has traded Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers, league source tells Y! Sports.
Portland will send the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic to the Rockets, league sources tell Y! Sports.
Deal can't be completed until July 10, but agreed in principle now, sources tell Y!
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports on Twitter....
Can confirm Rockets deal Thomas Robinson to Portland for two players taken in second round, two second-round picks.
Deal cannot be official until July 10, but it will work to open the max cap room needed to offer to Dwight Howard.
Rockets get what they wanted/needed. Blazers get the fifth pick in last season's draft for a pack of second rounders.
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com 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."
Robinson, 22, was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets last season. He was traded by the Kings to the Rockets at the trade deadline. Robinson will make $3.5 million next season, the second year of his rookie contract.
The Rockets have been rumored to be interested in moving Robinson's salary for months as they prepare to make a run at the likes of Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard in free agency.
The Blazers acquired Papanikolaou's rights from the Knicks in a July 2012 sign-and-trade involving Raymond Felton. Papanikolaou said in a March interview that he dreams of playing in the NBA and there was some chatter last fall that he might be brought over by the Blazers for the 2013-14 season. That talk subsided though, as noted back on May 1. Papanikolaou's international agent suggested back in May that he expected his client to be traded and reports before the draft indicated that Papanikolaou, 22, was generating interest.
Papanikolaou, the No. 48 pick in last year's draft, won the Euroleague's 2012-13 Rising Stars Trophy this year.
The Blazers drafted Todorovic, 21, with the No. 45 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
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