Less than a year ago, Thomas Robinson was selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
During the 2012-13 season, Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing in 70 combined games with both the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. Now, the 22 year old forward could be moving on to a third team in a year’s time.
The reasoning behind this latest rumor concerns free agent center Dwight Howard. According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are looking to move Robinson so that they can free up cap space in their run for Howard:
Y! Sources: In pursuit of free agent Dwight Howard, the Rockets plan to trade Thomas Robinson to clear cap space. tinyurl.com/k84qmks
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 30, 2013
Howard has already made it apparent since the Los Angeles Lakers‘ season came to a close in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs that he indeed intends on testing the free agent market. The Rockets have already been linked as one of his potential landing spots, although the Lakers fully intend on being a viable contender in their own right to sign Howard.
There’s no doubt that Howard will demand a max contract, so this is an obvious, yet potential move from the Rockets. The only problem is — they need to find a potential suitor for Robinson in order to do so.
Houston wants to get rid of his $3.52 million salary to free the space to pay Howard.
This is an interesting rumor for the time being and we will see if the Rockets can find someone willing to take Robinson who still has tons of potential at the NBA level.
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