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Report: Rockets looking at Cavs at 19, Bulls at 20 for Thomas Robinson

Jun 26, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

Thomas Robinson AP

There are going to be a number of draft day trades this year and the situation will be fluid and unpredictable.

But if you can bet on one thing, it is the Rockets trading Thomas Robinson. They need to move his $3.5 million to offer Dwight Howard a max contract and the Rockets are certainly in the mix to land Howard.

So where do they trade Robinson? Marc Stein of ESPN heard rumblings.

If the Rockets get those picks, look for them to draft a player such as Sergey Karasev or Dennis Schroeder who could be stashed overseas for a year or two, freeing up that salary to go after Howard. They may draft a player they like and make another roster move before July 1 (or just after) to free up the cap space.

Robinson would be a good fit on either the Bulls or Cavaliers… or 20 other teams around the league. More offers may come in to Houston (in fact, wouldn’t you leak this if you were the Rockets hoping to get a better offer?).

The Rockets are right up there with the Lakers in terms of the buzz around the league about who lands Howard. Who has the advantage depends upon whom you ask.

Howard is indecisive because he wants to be liked and wants to make everyone happy, and it’s impossible to predict the decisions of people like that.

  1. kb2408 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    So, they’re giving up on a talented young player in the “hopes” of signing Dwight?

  2. quickrespond - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Why are the cave interested? Bench the guy again!….look for SA to make a last minute move. Neal, Blair or bonner with a next team involve

  3. readysethike - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    hopefully he can be traded to the bulls…who he can learn from vets like gibson and boozer and be on a team with solid leadership and great coaching

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Why, so he could really not get any playing time?

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        Because Booz will be amnestied after this year?

  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Poor kid can never catch a break.

  5. quickrespond - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    The bulls are already talking about sending him to a next team if they get him……Houston do something good for the guy send him across the road where he would fit in

  6. pacific123ocean - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I don’t understand how after only 1 year in the NBA, the #5 overall pick last year is about to be on his 3rd team. Is Robinson really that bad?

  7. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Dang, that’s scan’less how they doing T-Rob!

  8. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    If they are just trying to get rid of him for promises of a steak and lobster dinner, is there anything we could do to try to snatch him up, Jimmy?

  9. zzr600guy - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Last yrs #5 pick for this yrs #19? do it cavs.

  10. flyrocket31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Robinson would probably go #1 if he was drafted this year, Rockets can get better offers.

  11. saint1997 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Neither of those int’l players want to spend another year overseas

  12. spursareold - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I don’t believe Chicago is a player, because they used the taxpayer MLE last year, effectively putting a hard cap on themselves. They can only use a couple hundred thousand of the Korver trade exception, even though it’s for $5M.

  13. indicanuk - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    the cavs are also talking swap with CHA for the #4 and MKG for the #1. If the cavs can get last years #2, 5 picks AND the #4 pick this year for #1, 19. that would be a huge gain in a waek draft this year. Also you could still maybe get Mclemore or Len at the #4spot.

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