The Houston Rockets have traded Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second round picks and the right to Kostas Papanikolau and Marko Todorovic, according Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Houston has traded Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2013
Robinson was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 NBA Draft. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game with the Kings before being traded to the Rockets midseason. Robinson averaged 4.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19 games with the Rockets.
The idea of trading Robinson this summer has been rumored as a tactic to try and clear enough cap space so that the Rockets can offer Dwight Howard a max contract. Howard was scheduled to meet with the Rockets organization tonight, including head coach Kevin McHale, James Harden and legend Hakeem Olajuwon.
This trade may very well be the first sign that Howard is deciding to sign with the Rockets this summer. We have seen moves like this made in the past in hopes to be in better position to sign a player, only to have that player decide something else.
Robinson was a top five pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and already being on his third team is something that has to affect a young player. He is not a head case and still has potential to become a solid player. Portland may be a good fit for him and he may be their future power forward since there have also been murmurings about LeMarcus Aldridge’s departure.
This deal cannot officially be completed until July 10 but the Rockets will now head into the Howard negotiations with more cap space.