Thomas Robinson acquired by Portland Trailblazers


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers formally signed free agent small forward Dorell Wright and acquired forward Thomas Robinson in a trade with Houston, sealing two of several deals the team struck last week.

Wright, a nine-year NBA veteran, averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. The 6-foot-9 wing was traded to Philadelphia from Golden State last July.

He reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $6 million. The deal could not be completed until Wednesday under NBA rules.

Portland traded the rights to Kostas Papnikolaou and Marko Todorovic, as well as two future second-round picks, to the Rockets in exchange for Robinson.

Robinson was the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft by the Sacramento Kings but he was dealt to Houston in a February trade. He played in 70 total games last season, averaging 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 15.1 minutes.

“He is an elite athlete and brings a unique set of physical tools to our roster. He has the potential to be one of the best young power forwards in the league and his development will be a priority for us,” Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement.

Robinson is expected to join the Blazers’ Summer League team, which opens play on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The Blazers on Wednesday also announced the signing of guard Allen Crabbe, the 31st pick out of California acquired by Portland in a draft night trade.

Crabbe averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in three seasons with the Golden Bears.

The Blazers did not immediately confirm other moves made during the free agency moratorium, including the acquisition of center Robin Lopez from New Orleans as part of a three-team trade, and a contract agreement with free agent guard Earl Watson.

Portland has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon at the team’s practice facility.


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