The Indiana Pacers filled their 15-man roster with the Saturday signing of forward Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal, according to multiple news reports.
Robinson is the 21-year-old son of former Purdue star Glenn Robinson, the Milwaukee Bucks’ No. 1 overall pick in 1994, and was born in Gary, Ind. He became a free agent after the Philadelphia 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer.
He played in 35 games as a rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves and 76ers. His role was limited, as he averaged 2.1 points per game as a reserve.
Robinson left Michigan after his sophomore college season and was drafted by the Timberwolves with the 40th selection. Minnesota placed him on waivers in March and he was claimed by the 76ers.
Robinson tweeted: “Can't wait to continue my journey in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, couldn’t be more excited to play at home!! #OverlyDedicated.”
At 6-7 and 221 pounds, Robinson is suited toward the Pacers’ shift toward a faster, up-tempo squad. President Larry Bird has said the change is to boost the team’s scoring average, which ranked 23rd last season. The Pacers missed out on the playoffs by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker, their first postseason absence since 2009-10.
Bird obviously likes Robinson’s potential and wasn’t dissuaded from giving the second-year pro a chance after the rookie played for two of the NBA’s worst teams.
Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore at Michigan. While not a prolific scorer like his father, he runs the floor well and the Pacers see a young player who can develop in their new system.
The Pacers have been one of the NBA’s most active teams in the offseason. Their biggest free-agent signing was shooting guard Monta Ellis. They also added center Jordan Hill and acquired forward Chase Budinger and center Rakeem Christmas in trades. Guard Rodney Stuckey and forward Lavoy Allen were re-signed.
The team shed $15.5 million in salary by shipping center Roy Hibbert to the Lakers, then sent that 2019 second-round pick to Cleveland to obtain Christmas. Forward David West opted out of the final year of his contract, which saved the team $12.6 million.
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