Pacific Notes: GRIII, Warriors, Kings, Hield

The 2019/20 Warriors haven’t been the contender that Glenn Robinson III may have thought he was joining when he signed with the franchise last summer. However, the injuries that have derailed the team’s season have cleared a path to a major role for Robinson, who has started 44 games and averaged 31.8 minutes per game this season — both are easily career highs. The veteran tells Scott Agness of The Athletic that he’s appreciative of the opportunity he has received in Golden State.

“That 25- to 30-minute range a night, to be able to show what I can do and to showcase my skills and to do it with an organization as great as the Warriors, I think it’s everything I wanted in free agency,” Robinson said.

Robinson, whose 12.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, .470 FG%, and 1.3 3PG are also career bests, signed a one-year, minimum-salary contract with the Warriors during the 2019 offseason. That modest deal makes him a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline, but even if he remains in Golden State this season, he’ll have the opportunity to consider offers from other teams this July. As he tells Agness, he wouldn’t mind sticking around beyond this season.

“Hopefully, it can be another great free agency for me and I would love to be back here,” the Warriors’ swingman said. “So we’ll see what happens.”

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • After trading Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, the Warriors have a chance to take an extended look at Omari Spellman and Marquese Chriss up front, writes Logan Murdock of NBC Sports Bay Area. Neither player is really a natural center, but they’re embracing the challenge of handling minutes at the five. “I’ve tried making a role off playing hard and doing the dirty work,” Chriss said. “I’m not the guy who is going to shoot 20 shots and get you 40 points. I’m gonna try and be that guy that is down low and banging, getting rebounds and setting screens.”
  • For the first time since the 2017/18 season, the Kings removed Buddy Hield from their starting lineup over the last two games, starting Bogdan Bogdanovic in his place. It seems safe to assume that experiment will continue for the time being, as Hield scored 63 points and made 14-of-23 three-point attempts in those two games, both Sacramento wins. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic explores how grief from Kobe Bryant‘s death fueled a historic night for Hield on Monday.
  • Replacing Hield with Bogdanovic in the starting lineup gives the Kings‘ first unit stronger ball-handling, play-making, and defense, according to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. As Anderson points out, head coach Luke Walton said that Hield’s move to the bench isn’t necessarily permanent, but it’s working for now.
  • In case you missed it on Monday evening, the NBA announced that Tuesday’s Lakers/Clippers game has been postponed in the wake of Kobe Bryant‘s death.
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5 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: GRIII, Warriors, Kings, Hield

  1. Luck of Irish

    I don’t think anyone was doubting GRIII’s basketball skills + talent. The issue has been his durability. He always seems to get injured at the most inopportune moments. Several prior teams had penciled him in for a significant role on their team at the start of a season and then he is injured for a month or 3-4 months and the team goes in a different direction.

    • formerlyz

      Ya I thought he was a good fit for their need at the 3, and he likely would have started if guys were healthy anyway

  2. Buddy Hield won’t settle for a bench role and won’t last another 12 months in Sacramento

  3. Kings, finally, made the right move with their 2Gs. I don’t dislike Hield, but BB is just a more complete player who should give them more in a starting role. He’s a rising RFA they’ve talked about retaining. He’s going to be priced as starting 2G (by the market) either way, so the Kings might as well find out what he is in that spot for them before matching or preempting the market. Hield can get his shots either way.

  4. x%sure

    I wonder what the timeline was when the decision was made to bench Hield, an Bryant superfan who is known for getting emotional. Hield got redhot after Minnesota pulled their starters, scored 42 in an OT win. I think. The link goes to a long wandering article.

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