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Report: Thomas Robinson agrees to buyout with Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 21: Thomas Robinson #41 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 118-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Thomas Robinson was thrown into the Arron Afflalo trade to make salaries match. The Trail Blazers wanted Afflalo, and the Nuggets wanted a first-round pick (and maybe Will Barton).

So, Robinson won’t be long for Denver.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Robinson, in the third (and final due to his fourth-year team option being declined) year of his rookie contract, is due $1,190,058 the rest of the season.

He could join a contender and provide depth during a playoff run. He could find a team that will play him a lot and set him up for his next contract. Or maybe he could even do both.

Robinson has not lived up to his billing as a No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, but he’s not exactly a bad player. He rebounds very well, and he has size and athleticism to do more. He’s still just 23.

The Nuggets have Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried, but even if Robinson is willing to give up all his remaining salary, Denver should try developing him. Alas, surely another team will undertake that challenge – and potentially reap the rewards.