Houston Reportedly Wants to Trade Thomas Robinson in Chase of Dwight Howard

by May 31, 2013

The Rockets famously traded a large portion of their roster last season as they looked to acquire a star — the result being the James Harden trade. The Rockets need to clear more assets with Dwight Howard on the market this summer, and Thomas Robinson is reportedly on the trade block again. Per Yahoo! Sports: “The Houston Rockets are determined to trade forward Thomas Robinson – the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA draft – to create salary-cap space for the pursuit of the Los Angeles Lakers’ free-agent superstar Dwight Howard, league sources said. The Rockets have made clear to multiple rival teams that they plan to accept the best offer to move Robinson and eliminate his $3.52 million salary for the 2013-14 season. Without the salary of Robinson and others, the Rockets will have the space to offer Howard a maximum deal starting at approximately $20.5 million a season. Houston is competing mainly with Dallas – and possibly Golden State – to lure Howard once free agency commences on July 1. Howard has become increasingly intrigued with the Rockets as a possible destination, sources said. Houston’s supporting cast, including James Harden and Chandler Parsons, is one of the reasons.”