Rockets make deal with Suns and Kings


Over the summer the Rockets cleared cap space to get Dwight Howard, when that didn’t work they signed Jeremy Lin and traded for James Harden. The Rockets are back at it again making two more trades.

The Houston Rockets acquired No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from Sacramento on Wednesday for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and point guard Toney Douglas.

Also Wednesday, the Rockets reached an agreement to send forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a future second-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that trade had not been announced, pending league approval.

Patterson, Aldrich and Douglas walked out of the Toyota Center just as Houston was starting its game against Oklahoma City, on the eve of the trading deadline. The Rockets came into the game holding the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference and the moves were unexpected.

The short-handed Rockets heard the news only 20 minutes before tipoff.

Houston rallied from 14 points down to beat the Thunder 122-119.

”A lot of distractions before the game,” said James Harden, who scored a career-high 46 points. ”I just rallied the guys together and told them to focus in on every play. It was going to be a tough game for us, but we had to really focus in on the small, detailed things. The guys did a phenomenal job.”

Marcus Morris had played in all but one of Houston’s games this season, making 17 starts. He was averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The Suns took Markieff with the 13th pick in 2011 draft and Marcus was right behind him again, going to Houston at No. 14.

Morris was beaming about the thought of joining his twin older brother, Markieff, on the Phoenix roster.

”If I was to be traded, that’s where I would want to go,” Marcus Morris said outside the Rockets’ locker room. ”I think Houston knew that. That’s all I did was talk about my brother and how happy I was to play with him. I’m excited. That’s all I can say.”

For the Kings to make a deal like this is somewhat puzzling due to the fact that they will be moving to Seattle soon and with new ownership coming in maybe it isn’t good to mess with things. Yet the deal is done. While other teams are making noise with rumors of trades the Houston Rockets continue to just make the trades that make noise in the NBA.

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