Kings Notes: Robinson, Fox, Schedule, Walton

Glenn Robinson III, who was waived today before the league-wide contract guarantee kicked in, agreed not to pursue any remaining salary that he might have collected because of a knee injury, sources tell Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement allows players who are injured to earn their full base compensation until they’re healthy enough to play again. Robinson missed Saturday’s game due to right knee soreness, but his absence on Sunday and Tuesday was attributed to personal reasons.

“I’ve been told that it’s personal matters, and when it comes to personal matters I don’t really pry,” Kings coach Luke Walton said earlier this week. “I’m very big on us being close and open, but I also respect everybody and what people are going through. … My understanding is it’s been personal reasons and that’s why he’s not with our team.”

The Kings gave Robinson a one-year, minimum-salary contract with a small partial guarantee in free agency, hoping he would be an effective backup to small forward Harrison Barnes. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 23 games, but Anderson said the team may want to create more playing time for DaQuan Jeffries, who has been impressive since returning from an ankle injury.

There’s more from Sacramento:

  • De’Aaron Fox turned to his fiancée to help him improve his shot after the Kings failed to make the playoffs during the restart, writes Ramona Shelburne of ESPNRecee Caldwell, a former WNBA player and the daughter of former Texas Tech assistant coach Ray Caldwell, introduced Fox to shooting drills she learned from her father. “My dad made sure that I was able to shoot it from legitimately anywhere on the floor,” she said. “So the fact that I could mix in what I was raised on, with De’Aaron’s speed and natural talent, I was like, ‘Wow, we can really make a monster.'”
  • After facing the league’s most difficult schedule during the first half of the season, the Kings will get a break in the second half, according to James Ham of NBC Sports. Sacramento projects to have the seventh-easiest schedule once play resumes March 10, which provides hope for a team that is slipping out of the playoff race after dropping eight straight games.
  • After the Timberwolves replaced Ryan Saunders this week, Walton is the co-favorite to be the next coach to lose his job, according to Sportsbook.AG (hat tip to Jas King of Sactown Royalty). Walton has two more years remaining on his contract after this season, but he was hired by former general manager Vlade Divac.
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7 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Robinson, Fox, Schedule, Walton

  1. Fox needs to improve his free throws to the 80s which would easily add 1 point per game to his avg moving into the top 20 scorers list

    • dubtastic

      No Doubt..I fall into the fallacy that with a player like Fox, he’s gotta be at least a 70% free throw shooter..

  2. hiflew

    Could you imagine Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley or Magic Johnson publicly claiming that their girlfriend was helping them with their game? No judgment, just an observation on really how different the world has become in just a single generation.

    • dubtastic

      You never know, maybe they did help them in some way..I wonder what’s Fox’s win/loss record in the game of Horse against his wife

    • formerlyz

      Either way, I’m a big fan of De’Aaron Fox as a person, and as a player, and with his maturity, it doesnt surprise me that he would be open to things and be willing to discuss them. Also, if you’re with someone that you know can do something you’re trying to work on, you likely are going to at least ask them their opinion

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