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Daryl Morey is moving and shaking already, as he adds a former top-5 pick to Houston's core of young players, according to a report.
The Houston Rockets are part of the first trade deadline deal of 2013, acquiring forward Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in last year's NBA draft, from the Sacramento Kings for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The Rockets, apparently in a separate deal, also reported by Wojnarowski, sent power forward Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round draft pick, paving the way for Robinson to seemingly step into the starting power forward role.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets also received Tyler Honeycutt and Francisco Garcia in the deal.
The rumblings out of Houston were that the Rockets were content to stand pat before the trade deadline, satisfied to ride one of the league's best offenses to a low seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but General Manager Daryl Morey apparently saw a move that was too good to pass up and jumped on it. Here's Patrick Harrel of The Dream Shake with his quick reaction:
In one move, Daryl Morey has apparently cleared the decks of a power forward logjam, cleared a roster spot, opened up even more cap space for this year and next, and picked up a pair of assets. Wow. It's not any sort of blockbuster, but it definitely shakes up this roster.