The Rockets intend to trade Thomas Robinson in an attempt to eliminate his salary, thus making room to offer Dwight Howard, who is intrigued by the team, a max contract.
Robinson was the 5th pick of the 2012 draft and was traded from the Sacramento Kings in a multiple player trade at the February deadline to Houston.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
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.
Without the salary of Robinson and others, the Rockets will have the space to offer Howard a maximum deal starting at approximately $20.5 million a season.