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The Kings have traded away Thomas Robinson, and the Seattle group that's trying to buy the team was reportedly given advance notice.
The Sacramento Kings reportedly traded away the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Thomas Robinson, to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Robinson, along with Tyler Honeycutt and Francisco Garcia, was swapped for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich in a move that will save the Kings almost $4 million in salary this year. Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reported the deal was made with cost-cutting in mind.
One of the biggest ongoing stories in the NBA this year is the Kings' potential sale to a group of Seattle-based investors. The sale will be up for league approval in April, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news of the trade, the hopeful owners were briefed on the deal before it happened. They didn't veto the trade, if they had any ability to do so.
Robinson is the only player in the deal signed past 2014, with team options for $3.6 million in 2015 and $4.6 million in 2016. Garcia is the highest-paid and oldest player in the trade. He makes $6.1 million this year with a team option next year for $6.4 million, but it's hard to imagine the Rockets exercising that option.