The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly one of a few teams who are interested in acquiring Houston Rockets forward Thomas Robinson. Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Rockets are looking to clear salary, presumably in attempt to sign free agent center Dwight Howard, and that a salary cap-clearing trade involving Robinson is “imminent.”
“There are 16 teams with the cap room, trade exceptions or non-guaranteed contracts needed to make such a deal without sending the Rockets corresponding salaries,” writes Feigan. “The Cavaliers can make that kind of deal with some of their available cap room. In addition to their own pick, the Cavaliers have the 19th pick and two second-round picks before the Rockets’ selection with the 34th pick.”
Robinson, the fifth-overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, is still on a rookie pay scale, due to make just $3.5 million in 2013-14. This past weekend, it was reported that the Rockets had been offered a first-round draft pick for Robinson. The 6-foot-10-inch forward averaged just 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds during his rookie campaign, split between the Sacramento Kings and Rockets. When provided the playing time, the Kansas product did show some flashes of brilliance, averaging 11.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and a block on a per-36 minute basis.