SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Thomas Robinson says he doesn't know why things didn't work out with the Sacramento Kings. Nor does he care.
The reserve power forward is focused on his role as a high-energy rebounding and scoring machine with the 76ers, one he wouldn't mind having for the foreseeable future.
"I want this to be the place," Robinson said of remaining with the Sixers. "I'm tired of moving."
The 6-foot-10, 240-pounder has been a member of five organizations over his three-year career. His start came with the Kings, who drafted him fifth overall in 2012.
Robinson was traded to the Houston Rockets in February 2013, and then to the Portland Trail Blazers that July. The Blazers traded him last month to the Denver Nuggets, who waived him three days later. The Sixers claimed him off waivers Feb. 24.
In town to face the Kings on Tuesday night, Robinson admitted that he never thought he would have a long tenure is Sacramento.
"I didn't play [a lot] while I was here," said Robinson, who averaged 4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 15.9 minutes in 51 games with the Kings.
He said he doesn't know why things didn't work there. "It was a tough situation for everybody," Robinson said. "The coaching staff, they were on their toes the whole time because the Kings wanted to leave [Sacramento] that year or the next year. So the whole staff was going to change, ownership and everything.
"So I don't blame them at all. I think if it had been a better situation, things would have been better."
But the former Kansas standout does recall one positive from his tenure with the Kings. "The whole draft experience was positive. That was about it," he said with a laugh.
The Sixers have been making an effort to get Furkan Aldemir playing time.
Heading into Tuesday, the reserve power forward had played in seven of the last nine games after being held out of 10 of the previous 15.
Aldemir is getting playing time "to give him opportunities to show us and others what he can do," coach Brett Brown said. "I'm not really asking him to do more than that. So like we've said, he can screen. You know he can roll. You know he can rebound. And I want him to do that as much as he can with some minutes."
Aldemir averaged six rebounds in just 13.3 minutes in the previous three games.