David Pick: Former No. 5 overall pick Thomas Robinson agreed on deal to sign in the Euroleague with Khimki Moscow, source tells me.
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The Timberwolves auditioned a smattering of free agents Wednesday morning in a workout that included many of their signed players now that training camp is little more than two weeks away. The list included players such as power forwards Thomas Robinson and Perry Jones, shooter Anthony Morrow, point guards Trey Burke and Isaiah Canaan as well as Minnesotans Alan Anderson and Matt Janning.
Thomas Robinson responded to the many scenarios that emerged earlier today (17/7) and mentioned a “done deal” between him and Turkish club Fenerbahce. “False”, the American forward wrote on his Twitter profile that has been taken over by numerous supporters of the reigning EuroLeague champions. They fans were asking him if he’s indeed signed with their favorite team as a replacement of Utah Jazz-bound and fan-favorite Ekpe Udoh.
After playing for six NBA teams in five seasons, Thomas Robinson is hoping to ink a multi-year deal that will give him the continuity he’s never had throughout the course of his professional career. “I just want that stability,” Robinson told HoopsHype. “I want to be comfortable. I think every player is looking for that. If I have that, I feel like I can open up my game to another level and help a team even more. I’ve been through a lot since I entered the league. Being in the same place for more than one year – with the same players, the same coaching staff, the same system – would only help me get better. It would allow me to be more comfortable. And if you let me get comfortable, there’s no telling what you’ll get from me.
“Given the opportunity, I could easily be among the Top 10 rebounders in the league. Easily,” Robinson said. “Not only am I a better rebounder now than I was back in the day, I know what to do after I get the rebound. My basketball IQ and vision have improved so now I realize that I don’t need to go up immediately every time I get an offensive rebound or try to start a fast-break on my own when I get a defensive rebound.
The Minnesota Timberwolves expressed interest in free-agent forward Thomas Robinson, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
It remains unclear if the Lakers retain Robinson considering they have a heavy frontcourt in fourth-year forward Julius Randle, third-year forward Larry Nance Jr., veteran forward Luol Deng and rookie forward Kyle Kuzma.
Alex Kennedy: The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in Thomas Robinson, according to league sources. Robinson is unrestricted.
Because of that help, Robinson said he will “do anything possible I can to stay a Laker” once he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “I’m trying to build my family here,” said Robinson, the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA draft who had short stints in Sacramento (2012-13), Houston (2013), Portland (2013-14), Philadelphia (2014-15) and Brooklyn (2015-16). “I would love to be here for a few years. Just be somewhere for a while.”
Robinson knows Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka will weigh plenty of factors when making roster decisions. If Robinson does not receive wish? “I’ll just get up and go, but I don’t want to anymore,” Robinson said. “I’m tired. I want to sit down.”
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Thomas Robinson, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Free-agent forward Thomas Robinson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.
Robinson, 25, has been working out daily for the Lakers and plans to sign Thursday, sources said. The Lakers have 14 guaranteed salaries – with Yi Jianlian on a strong partial guarantee – giving Robinson an opportunity to make the regular-season roster.
Rod Beard: There are some rumblings for #Pistons and guys like Thomas Robinson, Moe Harkless and Jon Leuer. Could be last puzzle piece.
David Mayo: Don’t be surprised when #Pistons pursue FA power forward Thomas Robinson. They are looking for two bigs. He could be one.
Alex Kennedy: Thomas Robinson intends to opt out of his Nets contract. He had a $1,050,961 player option for 2016-17. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent.
The other two player options are held by Thomas Robinson and Wayne Ellington. There have been reports that Thomas Robinson will also opt out of his $1 million deal while there’s been no word on Wayne Ellington, who would be paid $1.6 million next season.
Brooklyn Nets forward Thomas Robinson is expected opt out of the final season of a two-year deal the Express-News has learned. Robinson averaged 4.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 71 games with the Nets last season.
The Spurs could be one option. Gregg Popovich mentioned the need to add younger talent after the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by Oklahoma City last week. The Thunder’s youth and athleticism overwhelmed the Spurs, who now face questions about the strength of their bench, especially with older forwards David West and Boris Diaw.
Nets Daily: In last 24 hours, both Thomas Robinson and Willie Reed have hinted they want to be back with Nets, TRob stronger of the two
“It was tough to gamble on myself and turn down a longer contract, but the way I look it, I really have this year to prove myself,” Robinson told Basketball Insiders. “I have no doubt that once next summer comes, I’ll be back on my way and I’ll have made the right choice.”
Devin Kharpertian: Nets officially announce signings of Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Shane Larkin, Thomas Robinson. Press conference tomorrow at 11 AM.
Alex Kennedy: Thomas Robinson is nearing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to league sources. Trying to find out the terms.
Alex Kennedy: Thomas Robinson’s deal with the Brooklyn Nets will be a two-year deal, with a player option for the second year, according to sources.
Alex Kennedy: Just to clarify, Nets expressed interest in Thomas Robinson last night at the start of free agency. Brooklyn likes the 24-year-old big man.
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”