Nets power forward Thomas Robinson intends to opt out of his contract, becoming an unrestricted free agent, tweets Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. NetsDaily reported back in February that all of the Nets with player options, including Robinson, intended to opt out, so today’s report is a confirmation that Robinson’s plans haven’t changed.
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Robinson’s player option for 2016/17 is worth $1,050,961, the minimum salary for a player with his NBA experience, so it makes sense that he’d prefer to explore the open market. Even if no team is willing to offer him more than the minimum, he shouldn’t have a problem matching the salary he would have earned on that player option.
A former fifth overall pick, Robinson averaged a career-low 4.3 points per game in 2015/16, to go along with 5.1 rebounds per game and a .447 FG%. Those numbers aren’t particularly impressive, but the Kansas product showed flashes of potential during his seven starts near the end of the season — in those contests, he averaged 14.6 points and 12.3 rebounds, recording double-doubles in all but one game.
The Nets had initially been carrying four veterans with player options for 2016/17, but are now down to three after the in-season departure of Andrea Bargnani. Robinson and Shane Larkin have had their intentions to opt out confirmed this month, while Wayne Ellington is expected to join them.
Robinson’s option decision isn’t formally due until June 29th, so it figures to be a little while yet before his opt-out becomes official.