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The new landscape of NBA finance is creating a whirlwind of possibilities for Houston now that the Rockets have made a trade prior to the Feb. 21 deadline.
Even though Houston Rockets fans may have been excited by the possibility of acquiring a young, athletic big man that could stretch the floor, they may not have the opportunity to watch him play at Toyota Center.
That's because according to Mike Fisher of Fox Sports Southwest, the Rockets may have acquired Robinson as a precursor to facilitate another deal. A report from Zach Lowe of Grantland confirms as much and goes as far as saying that there are no restrictions that would prevent the Rockets from making a quick turnaround.
Why would Houston want to make such a move?
For starters, while Robinson has tremendous upside, he could still require some seasoning before he becomes a viable NBA player. If the Rockets want to make a postseason run in 2012-13, he may not be able to contribute in the capacity they would need right away. With the Kings in 51 games, he averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.
Of course, Houston could keep him and allow him to develop with the rest of the young crop of stars as well. We'll know a lot more by Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. ET.