The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly chasing free agent Thomas Robinson in 2016 free agency, according to the latest NBA rumors. Robinson was a former lottery pick but is tabbed as a “bust” by many experts because he has already played for a lot of NBA teams in his young career and has been traded many times.
Steve Kyler of the Basketball Insiders tweeted that the Spurs are the “most vocal” team in trying to get the power forward, who was the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 NBA Draft.
In four seasons, Robinson has played for a total of five NBA teams including the Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
My understanding is Spurs have been most vocal about Robinson… https://t.co/MI2YxDAmTB
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 2, 2016
Robinson added that he is seeing the league in a different perspective now and his development as a player.
“I’ve matured so much. I see things completely different now. Coming in young, I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to hear, ‘Be a defender! Be a rebounder! That’s all you need to do!’ I didn’t want to hear those things. I’m okay at doing things other than just rebounding and defending, so I didn’t want to just do that,” Robinson said via an interview with Alex Kennedy also of the Basketball Insiders.
“But after all of the trades and constantly hearing that, it sold me. I think the biggest sign of my maturity is the fact that I’m not striving for the same things that I was when I came into the league. I’m not trying to put the ball on the floor and score a lot. Being traded that many times, I looked in the mirror and realized I need to stick with what I do best and all of this will go away. If I’m out there averaging 14 rebounds per game, those misconceptions will go away.”
The Spurs are a good landing spot for Robinson with the departure of Tim Duncan to retirement and big men Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic via trades and free agency, respectively.
San Antonio features starting big men Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge next season but they still want to add a frontcourt defender and rebounder and Robinson could be a good fit.
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