The Kings made the only kind of trade a team expected to be sold could make – cost-saving.

The Kings on Wednesday traded 2012 first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson, veteran swingman Francisco Garcia, forward Tyler Honeycutt and a second-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and guard Toney Douglas.

The Kings also will receive $1 million from the Rockets. Of the three players acquired, only Patterson is under contract beyond this season.

As part of the deal, Houston will send forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix, according to Yahoo Sports. The Suns will need to release a player to make room for Morris.

With the looming sale of the Kings to a Seattle-based group or one that would keep the team in Sacramento, the team wasn't expected to make any deals that would add future salary, and this deal fits that criteria.

The three players traded by the Kings will make a combined $10.3 million this season, while the players acquired will be paid $6.6 million. Next season, Robinson is owed $3.5 million and Patterson $3.1 million.

Finances aside, dealing a player drafted as high as Robinson before his rookie season is complete is stunning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Robinson is just the fifth top-five pick in the lottery era to be dealt during his rookie season.

Robinson, the fifth pick in last year's draft, had played in 51 games and averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes.

Patterson plays Robinson's position.

Kings management had Robinson rated as the second-best player in last year's draft and were ecstatic he slipped to the fifth spot.

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