Nets sign Thomas Robinson to 10-day contract: source

By on February 24, 2015

The Nets were high on the 6-foot-9 Robinson in the lead-up to the 2012 draft, so much so that when they acquired Gerald Wallace in a deadline deal with the Blazers that year, the 2012 first-round pick the Nets traded was top-three protected because Robinson was one of the three players they really wanted in the draft. Robinson was also interested in playing for the Nets, who were preparing for their first season in Brooklyn at the time.

They ended up with the sixth pick, which Portland used to draft All-Star point guard Damian Lillard. Robinson was selected No. 5 overall by the Sacramento Kings.

Robinson was considered a top prospect out of Kansas. He skipped his senior season after averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season, which finished with a loss to Kentucky in the national championship game. He was a consensus first-team All-American. The big man has yet to find his footing in the NBA, however. In 172 career games, he’s averaged 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game, making just four starts, all of which came this season.

He’s already been traded three times. Sacramento traded him to the Rockets after 51 games in February 2013. Then during the 2013 offseason, Houston traded Robinson to Portland, where he had been unspectacular and not getting much run until he was traded to Denver last week.

The Nets still see potential in Robinson, though, and for the time being at least will use up their final open roster spot on him. The signing means the Nets probably won’t be re-signing former Net and current free agent Andray Blatche. The Nets made an inquiry to Blatche’s camp after he became a free agent following the end of his Chinese Basketball Association campaign with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.


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