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McNair gets his wing; GR3 is a King

Glenn Robinson III

The Sacramento Kings just keep adding on the wings in their search for Harrison Barnes’ backup. On Sunday, it was reported that high-flying small forward Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum with the team from SacTown.

GR3, the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk winner has bounced around the league over his six-year career with stops in Minnesota, Philadelphia, Indiana, Detroit, and Golden State. Last season, he split time between the Warriors and 76ers.

In 48 starts with the depleted Warriors, he averaged career numbers with 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and shot a Steller 40 percent from behind the three-point line. He was traded to Philadelphia late in the season but struggled to maintain his hot shooting and fell to just 7.7 points and 3.1 rebounds off the bench during his second go-around in Philly.

Originally drafted out of Michigan in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the 6-6 Robinson was projected to be a 3-and-D specialist with his athletic prowess, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. Offensively, he is solid with both an inside and outside game. Defensively, he has been frequently cited for unexplainable defensive lapses and mental breakdowns that likely have contributed to his seemingly nonstop relocations around the NBA.

The Kings are only betting on him for one season and it is clearly viewed as a low risk, high reward situation. He’ll likely step right in as the backup small forward and potentially slow the development of recently signed DaQuan Jeffries and the other Exhibit 10 wings that have been invited to the team’s training camp.

It will be very interesting to see if general manager Monte McNair has one more big trade up his sleeve prior to the start of the season now that he has real depth at every position and a desire to shed some big contracts for the future.

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