Jun 30, 2013, 8:51 PM EST
Houston needed to clear the $3.5 million-dollar contract of Thomas Robinson off of its books without taking salary back in return in order to make that financial commitment to Howard, and have successfully done so by dealing him to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland will send Houston two future second-round picks and the draft rights to two foreign players, league sources tells Y!
Portland will send the rights to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic to the Rockets, league sources tell Y! Sports.
Deal can’t be completed until July 10, but agreed in principle now, sources tell Y! Houston goes into Dwight Howard meeting with cap space.
And that’s what this was all about.
Meanwhile, Robinson will be sent to his third team before beginning his second NBA season.
After being drafted fifth overall by the Kings in 2012, he was shipped to Houston in a multi-player, deadline day deal. Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game as a rookie, and appeared in 70 contests.
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