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It’s also an opportunity for undrafted players to make teams regret passing on them and earn their way onto a roster.

But for former Kansas star power forward Thomas Robinson, playing with the Portland Trail Blazers in Las Vegas is a second chance.

Robinson, the fifth pick in the 2012 draft, is already on his third team, the victim of two cost-cutting moves. After being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, he was traded midseason to the Houston Rockets to help the Maloof family save money. On June 30, he was traded to the Trail Blazers so the Rockets could free up the last of the cap space they needed to sign Dwight Howard.

The 22-year-old Robinson hopes his stop in Portland will be one that’s more than a line on a ledger.

“I’m excited to be here,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “They’ve welcomed me and made me feel comfortable.”

The Blazers are, in many ways, an ideal situation for a player like Robinson. He’ll be playing behind and learning from two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge as part of a beefed-up frontcourt that now includes veteran center Robin Lopez.

This will allow him to find the most effective way to contribute without being forced into a key role at the beginning of the season.

“LaMarcus is obviously our starting power forward, so (Robinson’s) minutes will be coming off the bench,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts told USA TODAY Sports. “But he’ll have an opportunity to earn those minutes. His primary position is power forward, but I could envision playing him with LaMarcus or Robin or Meyers (Leonard). We have a lot of players who can play a couple of positions, so I think we’ll see him play alongside different people.”

By bringing in Robinson, the Blazers have two of the top 10 picks in the 2012 draft. Point guard Damian Lillard, was drafted directly after Robinson and ran away with Rookie of the Year award voting last season.

“I’m excited to have him on the team,” Lillard told USA TODAY Sports. “I think he’s doing a great job being aggressive on the glass and defensively.”

Robinson has had some good moments in the Summer League. In a game against the Phoenix Suns, he scored six points and was aggressive on defense, finishing with eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He’s also had moments showing he still has improvement to make, like the 3-for-12 from the field and five turnovers performance he had against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Robinson’s role in the Blazers’ offense is up in the air. His size and athleticism make him a threat inside, but his mid-range shooting stroke can cause problems for defenses.

“He’s a powerful player inside,” Stotts said. “I think that’s where he’s most effective. I don’t want to discourage his midrange game, I think he has the opportunity to develop that part of his game as well. He has a quick first step, so if he can make the midrange, that makes the drive that much more effective.”

For his part, Robinson is willing to do whatever he’s asked, in order to make the most of this second chance.

“I’ll just try to fit in wherever I can,” he said. “They just want me to be aggressive and get back to who I was (at Kansas).”

If he can do that, the Kings and Rockets may find out the hard way the consequences of giving up on him early