Mar 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Thomas Robinson (41) knocks the ball from San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) during the first half at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Former KU Forward Thomas Robinson On Trade Block


 

A year removed from being the number five overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson may be on his way to his third team.

ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford are reporting the Houston Rockets are shopping Robinson in an effort to clear cap space so they can make a run at free agent center Dwight Howard. Stein and Ford say the Rockets are confident they will be able to shed Robinson by the time the draft starts tonight.

Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls appear to the teams most interested.

Houston is looking to move Robinson to a team that can absorb his salary (either because it is under the cap or possesses the requisite trade exception) and get back a first-round pick in return. And two teams appear to have emerged as serious suitors: Cleveland and Chicago.

Cleveland is has also been linked to Dallas Maverick Shawn Marion, but it is believed Robinson is the more likely trade.

If Chicago lands Robinson it is believed they will immediately flip him to another team. Who? The Spurs.

Robinson, who was a first-team All-American, ESPN.com National Player of the Year, and Big 12 Player of the Year, was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the draft last June. Instability about the future of the franchise led the Kings to trade him to the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline in a deal that involved former Kansas player Cole Aldrich.

In 70 games Robinson averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing only 15.1 minutes per game.

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