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Report: Rockets near deal to trade Thomas Robinson… but to whom?

Jun 25, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets have planned to move Thomas Robinson for a while — they need him off the books to make a full max-contract offer to Dwight Howard come July 1. And getting Howard is the top priority.

The Rockets are very close to getting that deal done, reports the Houston Chronicle. The question is with whom?

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.

The Cavaliers make far more sense here — Houston needs to make this trade without bringing salary back and the Cavaliers are under the cap and can absorb the $3.5 million Robinson will make next year. Plus it makes sense for the Cavaliers, who add last year’s No. 5 pick and a guy who looked pretty good when he got the chance to play a little last year.

The Spurs deal is more complex because a third team would need to come in to absorb salary. There could be another team that has been able to keep this quiet involved — the Bulls have a trade exception and there are more than a dozen teams with the cap room to make this deal happen.

The Rockets acquired Robinson from the Sacramento Kings in a trade deadline deal.

Something to watch, this probably goes down before the draft.

  1. htownred34 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I honestly like Robinson and I hate how we never gave him a chance, he has a high ceiling, but nobody would play him. I want to keep him but if we trade him I would go for multiple picks

    • bornleader72 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      How about Sam Hinkie and the Sixers?

  2. pmeredith77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Spurs can deal Bonner and his (mostly) un guaranteed contract for Robinson to make the deal work.

  3. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

    • adoombray - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      you do realize that by doing this, you’re guaranteeing none of us will ever read your site?

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        I checked, and everything is reblogged from somewhere else. It’s comical.

  4. big49er - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Lob City is the place for Robinson!

  5. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    this guy keeps getting screwed. teams are really undervaluing his talents

  6. doggpound4ever - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Get him cavs he is worth the 19th pick

    • quickrespond - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      they already have triston

    • davy233 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Why would cavs give up a pick, Houston is the one who need to give up salary space so they can get Dwight Howard. Maybe a seconded round pick.

  7. quickrespond - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Best place for Robinson is to go to the Spurs….take Blair spot major upgrade at that position.

  8. bostonian13 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I feel bad for this guy. I always said he was the better player between him and Anthony Thebrow but in one year he’s being traded twice?!? Not fair to the kid. Trade him to the right team with the right coach and veterans and he will grow and become a fit.

  9. silverandblackfan77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    What is this guy a leper or something? I thought he would be a good player coming out but he needs a more stable environment than what he is in now.

    • edwardemanuelson - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      The team in silver and black would be an excellent fit.

      • dondada10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        The Raiders?

  10. jolink653 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Wish the Knicks would get involved in these talks…they could really use a talented young big man underneath and if Houston is willing to dump him off then maybe the Knicks could work out a deal

  11. chaser44 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I would love the sixers to give him a shot. They have 2 second round pics, maybe they could package one with someone. He would look good with jrue and whomever they take at 11, hopefully adams or zeller.

  12. savvybynature - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Serous question: Why would a third team need to get involved for the Spurs to trade him?
    Trade Bonner’s partially guaranteed $4 million contract for Robinson’s $3.5 million contract, and then the Rockets buy out Bonner’s contract. They only get a $500K charge on their cap and clear $3 million. Boom.
    Am I missing something?

  13. logneezy - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    LAAAAKERSSSSS

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