NBA rumors: Rockets to trade Thomas Robinson to clear space for Dwight Howard

The Houston Rockets are expected to be one of the top suitors for free agent center Dwight Howard. In order to make room for the big man, the Rockets are determined to trade forward Thomas Robinson to create salary-cap space, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

At this point, the Rockets have made it clear to several teams that they are willing to take the best offer presented to them to move Robinson and his $3.52 million in salary for the 2013-14 season. Without Robinson – and along with a few other moves – the Rockets will have the salary-cap space to offer Howard a maximum deal starting at approximately $20.5 million per season.

Houston is seeking a trade partner that can absorb Robinson’s salary. Over 70 games last season, the 22-year-old averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. He was acquired from the Sacramento Kings in a package that included Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Tony Douglas and cash. 

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