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Robinson hopes third team’s the charm
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 16, 2013 @ 4:54 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS – The NBA’s annual Las Vegas Summer League is the first chance for rookies to showcase themselves to fans and coaches against professional-level competition.
It’s also an opportunity for undrafted players to make teams regret passing on them and earn their way onto a roster.
But for former Kansas star power forward Thomas Robinson, playing with the Portland Trail Blazers in Las Vegas is a second chance.
Robinson, the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, is already on his third team, the victim of two cost-cutting moves. After being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, he was traded midseason to the Houston Rockets to help the Maloof family save money. On June 30, he was traded to the Trail Blazers so the Rockets could free up the last of the cap space they needed to sign Dwight Howard.
The 22-year-old Robinson hopes his stop in Portland will be one that’s more than a line on a ledger.
“I’m excited to be here,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “They’ve welcomed me and made me feel comfortable.”
The Blazers are, in many ways, an ideal situation for a player like Robinson. He’ll be playing behind and learning from two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge as part of a beefed-up frontcourt that now includes veteran center Robin Lopez.
This will allow him to find the most effective way to contribute without being forced into a key role at the beginning of the season.
“LaMarcus is obviously our starting power forward, so (Robinson’s) minutes will be coming off the bench,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts told USA TODAY Sports. “But he’ll have an opportunity to earn those minutes. His primary position is power forward, but I could envision playing him with LaMarcus or Robin or Meyers (Leonard). We have a lot of players who can play a couple of positions, so I think we’ll see him play alongside different people.”
By bringing in Robinson, the Blazers have two of the top 10 picks in the 2012 draft. Point guard Damian Lillard, was drafted directly after Robinson and ran away with Rookie of the Year award voting last season.
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