Michael Scotto: Glenn Robinson III and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a deal, a league source told @HoopsHype.
The former 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner felt he could be a contributor on a talented young Kings team hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Sacramento recently lost Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Atlanta Hawks in free agency, and Robinson III will have an opportunity to fill those minutes for the Kings.
The Kings are one of four teams showing the most significant interest in free agent small forward Glenn Robinson III, league sources told The Sacramento Bee. McNair and assistant general manager Wes Wilcox have been forthright and diligent throughout the process in talks between the two sides, sources said.
The most likely suitors at this point appear to be the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz, sources said. The Kings could be looking for depth on the wing after they declined to match Bogdan Bogdanovic’s offer from the Atlanta Hawks.
There are other intriguing names. Glenn Robinson is among them. I chatted with him when the 76ers were in San Francisco two weekends back. He said he’s not ruling out a return this summer, though it’s clear the Warriors shipping him midseason to duck the tax chopped away his feel-good desire to take a hometown discount just to continue his career with them. Plus, his previous starting spot is now filled by Wiggins. Robinson’s going to be searching for the best contract he can find.
Mark Medina: Warriors announced the signing of Glenn Robinson III. Plenty of these signings will be official today - Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney in particular.
Rod Beard: Source confirms that #Pistons have declined the team option of $4.3M on forward Glenn Robinson III for next season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The Pistons reached out to Robinson quickly, looking to make an aggressive pitch, with Casey making first contact. They didn’t have much cap space, but wanted to open the discussions and make their intentions known. “Coach was the first to give me a call, at 12:01. I talked to coach Casey immediately and he told me what my role would be,” Robinson said. “Coming in as a shooter and defender who could spread the floor and attack the basket. They were looking for shooters at small forward to be able to stretch the floor and help Blake (Griffin) and Drummond inside.
Detroit is right at $121.9M, $1.7M below the tax after the Glenn Robinson III signing. The roster takes into account $5.9M in non-guaranteed money of Reggie Bullock, Eric Moreland and Dwight Buycks. The Pistons should be able to remain the below the tax even if they sign their two-second picks, Bruce Brown Jr. and Khyri Thomas.
January 25, 2021 | 11:22 am EST Update
Ira Winderman: NBA source tells the Sun Sentinel that the expectation is Jimmy Butler will be cleared from pandemic protocol today. Then it will come down to a matter of conditioning. Heat play at Brooklyn tonight, then next play Wednesday at home against Denver.
Justin Kubatko: Damian Lillard’s free throws in his last seven games: 🎯 6-6 🎯 4-4 🎯 12-12 🎯 6-6 🎯 12-12 🎯 12-12 🎯 11-11 Overall, he went 63-63 from the FT line, the most makes without a miss over a seven-game span in NBA history. The previous mark of 60 was held by Dirk Nowitzki (2010). pic.twitter.com/F3U0PAoAct
Grant’s managed to make the transition to first option without a corresponding spike in turnover rate remarkably well. Grant’s usage rate of 26.7 percent is up nearly 50 percent over last year’s 18 percent but his turnover rate has actually declined, coming in at a remarkably low 6.8 percent. Grant’s had only one game all season with more than three turnovers and none with more than four. “The usage factor that he has and the amount of energy it takes to be that guy,” Casey said of the challenge Grant faces. “He’s finding that out. This is a process for him also to be that guy. He’s doing an excellent job of it.”
It remains to be seen how Thibodeau will use Ntilikina after being eased back in, but first the French combo guard had to worry about getting his conditioning back. “There was a progression to his comeback,” Thibodeau said. “He’s gotten some contact on this trip. We’ve had an opportunity to get some practices in. Even in situations in which we can get work in three-on-three with some of the guys that haven’t played big minutes, we try to take advantage of that as well. So he has gotten some contact, but conditioning-wise, probably not quite ready yet.”
Still, it was a bit jarring in this specific instance to hear what he had to say about the Jazz, if only because it’s been probably since the last century that we’ve heard Utah and the proceeding words linked in the same sentence. “Utah is a veteran team,” Kerr said. “They are trying to win a championship right now, and I think they are capable of doing so. You know, they are where we were three or four years ago.”
Panini America, the official trading card partner of the NBA and NBPA announced an extension of its partnership with Morant. Panini is the exclusive home for the Morant’s autographed trading cards and memorabilia. “We started our relationship with Ja (Morant) before the draft last year and we made him one of our athletes going into his rookie season,” said Jason Howarth, Vice President of Marketing at Panini America. “Coming out of his rookie season, he just continued to thrive, we knew that he was the guy that we wanted to put a foothold around, and we decided we wanted to make him a long term exclusive athlete of Panini for trading cards and memorabilia.”