Houston Rockets Looking to Trade Thomas Robinson to Clear Space for Dwight Howard

April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward Thomas Robinson (41) on the bench against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Kings 121-100. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Last offseason the Houston Rockets loaded up to make a run at trading for Dwight Howard, even though everyone in the world knew he was headed to Los Angeles. A year later, the Rockets are again preparing to make a run at Howard and according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston is planning on parting ways with Thomas Robinson in order to clear space.

The Dwight Howard sweepstakes is back once again and this summer will likely be filled with a slew of teams jumping through hoops to try and acquire the big man’s services and lure him away from Los Angeles. After a failed season showed Hollywood Howard that the bright lights of Los Angeles may have been overly romanticized, he’s once again looking for the right place to continue his career.

One of those teams was a team that lost out on Howard last year but they’re making moves to ensure that doesn’t happen again. The flaw in the Rockets plan last year was they were offering draft picks to the Magic — and they weren’t the Lakers, which hurt their chances in the NBA’s eye.

But if they trade Robinson’s salary, the Rockets could then offer Howard somewhere just north of $20 million per season — which is exactly what they plan on doing.

Houston has a stunning supporting cast of players and it’s that fact that has Howard intrigued to entertain the notion of signing with Houston. The Rockets offering him $20 million per season will only help the cause.

Trading Robinson would mean the Rockets would be getting rid of a guy they haven’t even had for half a season. Houston traded for Robinson at the deadline this season but they clearly value Dwight Howard over the talent the former first round pick offers.

It was a joke to consider Dwight Howard actually ending up in Houston last offseason, but it’s no longer funny to Dallas and Golden State — the two teams thought to be in competition with the Rockets to acquire Howard. The Rockets have more than a fighting chance to acquire Howard and moving Robinson to clear up space only shows you how serious this possibility is becoming.

Topics: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, Thomas Robinson

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  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Successful teams have a growth model. What are the successful teams in NBA: San Antonio, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Griz, OKC, Miami Heats. They all have core players developed from drafts.
    We have Lakers, 76ers spending tons of money and having their superstars half-retired and became the joke of NBA.

    Superstars is only as good as your core players. One out of two, you’ll be better off with core players.
    It’s not worth the while to good for D12 which would not help the team at all. Choose a model of growth like SA and the team would stay on the top all the time.
    In any way, Pau Gasol perhaps is more suitable for the Rox.

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