According to a report from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Rockets are on the verge of trading power forward Thomas Robinson.
Robinson, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings fifth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft was traded to the Rockets earlier this year as a last ditch money grab by the former Kings ownership group. The deal reportedly saved the then owners upwards of $3 million dollars and now Robinson appears to be on the wrong end of the financial stick again.
Hoping to sign Los Angeles Lakers free agent Dwight Howard, the Rockets are doing everything they can to slash payroll and Thomas’ contract may be on the move.
The Rockets are in advanced talks on a cap-clearing trade of forward Thomas Robinson, with a deal potentially “imminent,” a person with knowledge of their plans said on Tuesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have shown interest in Robinson, according to another individual with knowledge of the Rockets efforts to move Robinson’s $3.5 million salary next season. Though it would be difficult for the Spurs to make any sort of deal for Robinson directly with the Rockets and would likely have to add a third team in a larger deal.
The Rockets have also had talks with the Chicago Bulls, according to the person familiar with negotiations so far, but he said that unlike with the Spurs and Cavaliers, he did not know if the Bulls were interested in Robinson or could be part of a larger deal.