Rockets Looking to Trade Thomas Robinson to Clear Cap Space for Howard

NBA: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles LakersThe Houston Rockets are expected to make a strong push for Dwight Howard as the team looks to develop into a Western Conference contender.

The Rockets have a lot to offer the All-Star center, and with a young nucleus already intact, Howard can help push the franchise into the elite category. With James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons, the Rockets are essentially one star away from being one of the best teams in the league, something the Lakers should be weary about.

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Los Angeles will do whatever it takes to sign the center to a long-term deal, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Rockets are trying to clear cap space in preparation for a busy summer trying to lure in Howard.

The Houston Rockets are determined to trade forward Thomas Robinson – the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA draft – to create salary-cap space for the pursuit of Los Angeles Lakers’ free-agent superstar Dwight Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets have made clear to multiple rival teams that they plan to accept the best offer to move Robinson and eliminate his $3.52 million salary for the 2013-14 season.

Due to the fact that Howard last played for the Lakers, the franchise will be able to offer him the most lucrative contract, but that may not be enough to convince the big man. Los Angeles greatly underachieved this past season, and that may discourage Howard from wanting to sign a contract.

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