Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson Signs With Illawarra Hawks

Veteran NBA point guard Justin Robinson is headed down under, having struck a deal to join the Illawara Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League, according to the team.

A former Virginia Tech star, Robinson has played for the Wizards, Thunder, Bucks, Kings, and Pistons since making his NBA debut in 2019, averaging 2.6 PPG and 1.1 APG in 43 career appearances (10.3 MPG). He began last season on a two-way deal with Milwaukee before being waived in November and signing 10-day contracts with Sacramento and Detroit in December.

Robinson is also a G League veteran, having played in a total of 46 regular season NBAGL games for the Capital City Go-Go and Delaware Blue Coats.

Illawara head coach Jacob Jackomas expressed excitement about the team’s addition of Robinson, referring to the 24-year-old as a “great ball defender” and “key facilitator” as well as a talented scorer. Robinson reciprocated that excitement.

“I feel the NBL is a great league and is now becoming more global,” Robinson said. “The league itself will allow me to continue to showcase who I am on and off the court. Illawarra has been right on the doorstep of winning an NBL Championship the last couple of years and my goal is to add to the winning culture. Coach Jackomas has something special brewing and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The Hawks, who finished second in the NBL standings last season, also recently signed former NBA wing George King

Pistons Sign Justin Robinson, Trayvon Palmer To 10-Day Contracts

The Pistons have signed guard Justin Robinson and wing Trayvon Palmer to 10-day contracts using hardship exceptions, the team announced today in a press release.

Robinson began the season on a two-way contract with Milwaukee and appeared in 17 games for the team, averaging 2.8 PPG and 1.2 APG on .316/.270/1.000 shooting in 11.6 minutes per contest. After being waived by the Bucks, the 24-year-old signed a 10-day hardship deal with Sacramento and logged 15 total minutes across three games with the Kings before his contract expired on Sunday night.

Palmer, 27, is a former Chicago State standout who had been playing for the Motor City Cruise in the G League this season. In 14 NBAGL contests (34.0 MPG), he averaged 11.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 2.3 APG on .496/.418/.800 shooting.

The Pistons, who have eight players in the health and safety protocols, now have six players on 10-day hardship contracts.

Pacific Notes: Kings, Robinson, Weatherspoon, Ayton, Crowder

In what has become a recurring scene this season, the Kings were ripped by head coach Alvin Gentry following their latest poor performance on Sunday night. As Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee details, the Kings led at the half, but fell behind by as many as 30 points in the second half en route to a 127-102 loss, prompting’s Gentry’s postgame comments.

“This is the most disappointed I’ve been in 34 years in the NBA,” Gentry said. “I can honestly say that. That performance was absolutely ridiculous. We didn’t play hard. We didn’t compete. We gave up 19 offensive rebounds for — I don’t know — 37 points or some astronomical figure. We didn’t guard the ball. We didn’t guard screen and rolls. We didn’t follow the game plan — all of those things — and to be honest with you, it’s the most disappointing game that I’ve been involved with.

“… You can’t get a reputation in this league of being a team where you can come into their home gym and do what they just did to us,” Gentry continued. “I’m just telling you that will stay with you in the NBA if you let teams come in and do what they did to us. They basically toyed with us, and we’re not that team. We’re not a team that people should be able to come in here and toy with us. So, yes, if you ask me if I’m upset, disappointed, you’re damn right I am.”

The Kings have already made an in-season head coaching change, so if the team continues to underachieve, it’s safe to assume that a roster shakeup could be next. While there has been no indication yet that the front office is considering anything drastic, the club’s compete level and leadership can only be called into question so many times before GM Monte McNair has to seriously consider personnel changes.

“I don’t think we lack leadership,” Kings guard Terence Davis said on Sunday, per Anderson. “I just think we lack a leader’s voice, if that makes sense. We don’t really have a leader’s voice. We have leaders. Their voice isn’t being heard enough, honestly. That’s just my opinion.”

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • The Kings don’t plan to sign Justin Robinson to a second 10-day contract at this point, a league source tells James Ham of ESPN 1320 (Twitter link). Robinson, whose first 10-day deal expired on Sunday night, logged a total of 15 minutes across three games for Sacramento.
  • Klay Thompson played a part in getting Quinndary Weatherspoon called up to the Warriors, tweets Nick Friedell of ESPN. Weatherspoon, whose 10-day deal runs through January 1, heard from multiple people in the organization that Thompson “sung his praises” to the front office for the way he defended Klay in G League scrimmages.
  • Suns head coach Monty Williams says he feels “somewhat responsible” for Deandre Ayton not getting a contract extension this fall after asking the center to sacrifice touches last season, writes Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports. “From a personal perspective, I feel like I failed him,” Williams said. “Because when we asked you to do all that we ask you to do and you go out there and do it and you still don’t get what you want, that falls on my plate. … I wanted him to get everything he wanted. And I think he still will.”
  • Jae Crowder bounced around the NBA from 2017-20, playing for four teams in the next three seasons. As Joe Vardon of The Athletic writes, the Suns forward says he has learned not to get too attached to a team since finding out about his 2017 trade out of Boston on the same day his mother died. However, Crowder suggested he’d be happy to settle down in Phoenix. “I do want to make a certain spot my home, and this does feel like home – I’m not gonna lie to you,” he said. “From top to bottom, from (general manager) James Jones, to our coaching staff, to my teammates. It does feel like home, it does feel sacred, but at the same time, it’s a business, so I don’t get too caught up into it. I don’t put my heart into it anymore.”

Kings Place Davion Mitchell In Protocols, Sign Justin Robinson

8:45 PM: The Kings have signed Robinson to a 10-day deal using the hardship exception and he will be available to play Friday night, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee (Twitter links).

4:01 PM: The Kings have placed guard Davion Mitchell in the health and safety protocols, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento (Twitter link). Mitchell was initially listed as questionable for Friday’s game vs. Memphis – perhaps in the hopes that his COVID-19 test was a false positive – but he has now been ruled out, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Even if a player registers a false positive, he needs to return consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart in order to exit the protocols, so a negative result today wouldn’t have cleared Mitchell, assuming he tested positive earlier in the day.

Sacramento also has five other players in the health and safety protocols and is missing Richaun Holmes due to a right eye injury. On top of that, Tyrese Haliburton (back) and Chimezie Metu (knee) are listed as questionable for Friday’s game. If Haliburton and Metu are ruled out, the club would be down to eight available players, as Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee notes (via Twitter).

According to Wojnarowski (Twitter link), the Kings may sign free agent guard Justin Robinson before tonight’s contest to provide further reinforcements, assuming the game takes place as scheduled. Robinson would receive a 10-day contract via a hardship exception in that scenario.

Robinson began the season on a two-way contract with Milwaukee and appeared in 17 games for the team, averaging 2.8 PPG and 1.2 APG on .316/.270/1.000 shooting in 11.6 minutes per contest. However, he was waived at the end of November when the Bucks opted to replace him on the roster with Javonte Smart.

Bucks Sign Javonte Smart, Waive Justin Robinson

November 30: The Bucks have officially signed Smart to a two-way contract and requested waivers on Robinson, the team announced in a press release.

November 29: The Bucks intend to sign guard Javonte Smart to a two-way contract and will waive Justin Robinson to create an opening on their 17-man roster, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Smart, who went undrafted earlier this year, averaged 16.0 PPG, 4.0 APG, and 3.7 RPG as a junior for LSU in 2020/21. The 6’4″ guard posted an impressive shooting line of .460/.402/.857 in 28 games (35.6 MPG), earning All-SEC Second Team honors.

The Heat signed Smart to a training camp contract and made him an affiliate player for the Sioux Falls Skyforce after he was waived during the preseason. He has played well at the G League level so far, putting up 22.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 3.6 APG on .488/.396/.917 shooting in his first five games (35.1 MPG) for the Skyforce.

Robinson had already appeared in 17 games for the Bucks this season while on his two-way contract, but wasn’t especially effective in his limited role. The 6’1″ guard averaged 2.8 PPG and 1.2 APG on .316/.270/1.000 shooting in 11.6 minutes per contest.

The Bucks are making a handful of tweaks to their roster this week. They’ve also reached an agreement to sign DeMarcus Cousins to a standard, non-guaranteed contract. He’ll fill the open spot on their 15-man roster.

Justin Robinson Signs Two-Way Deal With Bucks

SEPTEMBER 15: The Bucks have officially signed Robinson to a two-way contract, the team announced today in a press release.

SEPTEMBER 12: The Bucks have agreed to a two-way contract with guard Justin Robinson, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Milwaukee now has both of its two-way roster spots filled.

Robinson, 23, spent most of last season in the G League with the Delaware Blue Coats. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, shooting 40.5% from three-point range.

Robinson also signed two 10-day contracts with the Thunder toward the end of the season. He saw action in nine games, averaging 2.3 points and 9.8 minutes.

Milwaukee still has one open roster spot to use for training camp later this month. The franchise is coming off its first championship since 1971, bringing back much of the same core for the coming season.

Thunder Sign Justin Robinson To Second 10-Day Deal

Second-year guard Justin Robinson, whose initial 10-day contract with the Thunder expired overnight, has inked a second 10-day deal with Oklahoma City, the team announced today in a press release.

Having initially joined Oklahoma City’s roster on April 5, Robinson appeared in all six games the team played over the next 10 days, averaging 3.5 PPG and 1.3 APG on .389/.308/.600 shooting in 12.0 minutes per contest. While those numbers are pretty modest, the Thunder apparently liked what they saw from Robinson enough to keep him around for at least 10 more days.

Before arriving in OKC, Robinson played this season for the Delaware Blue Coats in the G League bubble, recording 15.5 PPG and 5.9 APG on .389/.376/.629 shooting in 13 games (31.1 MPG). The 23-year-old was a full-time starter for a Delaware squad that made it to the NBAGL Finals.

Robinson, who will earn $99,020 on his second 10-day deal with the Thunder, will fill the lone open spot on the team’s roster. So, barring any further roster moves, Oklahoma City will have a full 17-man squad for at least the next 10 days.

Once Robinson’s second 10-day contract expires, OKC will have to either let him walk or sign him for the rest of the season.

Northwest Notes: Towns/D-Lo, Thunder, Gordon, Wolves

Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell made his long-awaited return to the floor in a 116-106 win against the Kings on Monday night after missing 26 games due to a left knee surgery. It marked just the sixth contest in which Russell appeared alongside his friend Karl-Anthony Towns for Minnesota.

Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic writes that Russell’s return has to encourage Timberwolves fans, as it perhaps can be seen as a preview of the interplay that could lift the club out of the depths next season.

“As long as we continue to work, work the way we want it, we can do something special,” Towns said of himself and his Timberwolves teammate. “We just got to work. Obviously, first, we got to be healthy enough to stay on the court with each other.”

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault discussed the team’s latest additions, Justin Robinson and two-way player Jaylen Hoard, according to Joe Mussatto of the Oklahoman. “Robinson gives us a little extra ball handling,” Daigneault said, adding that Hoard “[p]lays hard, [is a] defender, somebody that understands how to play in a system on offense.”
  • Dan Devine of The Ringer wonders if Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon is allowing his new team to maximize its ceiling — and if being in Denver is doing the same for Gordon. Because he can cut off the ball, handle the rock, and roll to the rim, in addition to being a multifaceted defender, Gordon thus far has proven to be a more-than-serviceable facsimile of what Jerami Grant was in Denver last season. As of this writing, the Nuggets are poised to win their fifth straight game since adding Gordon.
  • The Timberwolves have announced (via Twitter) that Minnesota’s players and staff have received their COVID-19 vaccines.

Thunder Sign Justin Robinson To 10-Day Deal

2:42pm: The Thunder have made it official, announcing in a press release that they’ve signed Robinson to a 10-day contract.

1:37pm: The Thunder are signing free agent guard Justin Robinson to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Robinson, who went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2019, spent part of his rookie season with the Wizards, appearing in nine games at the NBA level in ’19/20. He saw more playing time in the G League with the Capital City Go-Go and – after he was waived by Washington – the Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 14.2 PPG and 5.5 APG in 33 total games (31.2 MPG).

Robinson rejoined the Blue Coats for the 2020/21 G League “bubble” season, recording 15.5 PPG and 5.9 APG on .389/.376/.629 shooting in 13 games (31.1 MPG). The 23-year-old was a full-time starter for a Delaware squad that made it to the NBAGL Finals.

Because the Thunder waived Justin Jackson earlier today, they have an open spot on their 15-man roster and won’t need to make another move to accommodate Robinson.

Robinson’s 10-day deal will pay him approximately $99K, with an identical cap hit. The Thunder remain well below the salary floor for 2020/21, so the contract won’t have any real impact on the club’s finances.

Sixers Waive Lamine Diane, Justin Robinson

The Sixers have waived Lamine Diane and Justin Robinson, the team’s PR department tweets.

The moves are being made in order to complete the Al Horford trade with the Thunder, which can become official on Tuesday.

Diane and Robinson were signed to Exhibit 10 contracts, meaning they’ll likely land with the team’s G League affiliate – the Delaware Blue Coats. They could receive bonuses worth up to $50K if they spend at least 60 days with the Blue Coats.

Philadelphia had the maximum 20 players in camp before waiving Diane and Robinson and needed to open a couple more roster spots to finalize the Horford deal.

The Sixers are receiving guard Danny Green and wing Terrance Ferguson in the deal. Big man Vincent Poirier, who was recently traded by the Celtics to Oklahoma City, is also coming to Philadelphia, Derek Bodner of The Athletic tweets. That confirms a report from France’s L’Equipe that Poirier is heading to the Sixers.

A 6’7″ undrafted rookie forward, Diane put up big stats for Cal State Northridge in his two college seasons, averaging 25.1 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 2.1 BPG in a total of 52 games (35.5 MPG). He won the Big West Player of the Year award in consecutive years before declaring for the draft this spring.

Robinson appeared in 33 G League games with Delaware and Capital City last season, averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 assists and 31.2 minutes per game. The 23-year-old guard also played nine brief games with the Wizards, scoring a total of 13 points in 49 minutes.