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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June 22, 2018 | 10:56 pm EDT Update
At the NBA Global Camp this month, Kulboka scored 15 points on eight shots in a five-on-five scrimmage. Don’t expect to see him in a Hornets jersey in the near future, though. “He’s got a buyout that’s manageable, but we’ve talked to his representative …” Kupchak said. “At least right now, the plan is to keep him over there and hopefully watch him develop and then, when he’s ready, bring him back over here and see how good he is.”
Mike Vorkunov: Kevin Knox might start as a rookie but he won’t get that job for free. Fizdale: “I’m not handing out nothing. Everything will be earned. We’re going to have a super young team. Why disrupt the culture by handing something to a kid? Make him earn everything along the way.” #knicks
Someone out there was willing to pay $23,548 for the jersey that J.R. Smith was wearing during the Cavaliers’ devastating Game 1 overtime loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. You know, the game where Smith made that heartbreaking mistake, not realizing the Cavs were not winning in the last seconds of regulation. NBA Auctions put the jersey up on June 1 and closed it on Thursday. The crazy jump in price happened from Monday to Thursday when it began climbing from $2,160 to more than $23,000.