In what was apparently an attempt to get to the NBA salary cap floor, the Sixers have claimed forward Thomas Robinson off waivers and released guard Tim Frazier to make room on the roster.
Robinson, who was waived by the Denver Nuggets after they acquired him at the trade deadline, was all set to sign a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets once he became a free agent after clearing waivers. Instead, he will join the 12-44 Sixers and be given an “extended look” to see if he would fit in with GM Sam Hinkie‘s vision for the team. Robinson becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Robinson is 23, 6’10” and was drafted with the fifth overall pick in 2012 by the Sacramento Kings after playing in Kansas. He started the season with the Portland Trail Blazers where he played in 32 games and averaged 3.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game in 12.2 minutes. Although Robinson showed a lot of promise early, his NBA career hasn’t been anything special and is considered a disappointment.
But what really made Robinson attractive to Hinkie was the $3.6 million he is owed on his contract. By adding that to the Sixers ridiculously low payroll, it brings the team to the league minimum of 90 percent of the salary cap. According to a tweet from NetsDaily’s Robert Windrem, league sources have said the Sixers have little interest in Robinson for the long-term, just needing his salary to meet the minimum.
League source: "This was just to get to 90 percent of the cap." adds "Hinkie could've had just taken him at deadline if he wanted him"
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) February 24, 2015
You have to wonder what Robinson thinks of all this. He was all set to sign with the Nets, who were very interested in giving him a look over the last two months of the season, and even tweeted out his thanks and excitement about the deal.
Instead Robinson is now part of a team that seems to be perpetually rebuilding and was brought here more for his salary than because of what he can do on the court.
Lost in all this is Frazier, who has just signed a second 10-day contract and instead is now a free agent. He had been averaging 5.7 points and 7.2 assists with the Sixers and seemed to show a great deal of promise, but now is looking for a team that might give him a look.
It is unclear yet if Robinson will be available to play when the Sixers face off against Michael Carter-Williams and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.