NBA Roundup: Glenn Robinson III a free agent, 2016 mock drafts, Hardaway motivated

Dylan Burkhardt
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After one year in the NBA, Glenn Robinson III is a free agent.

According to a report by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers declined to give Robinson, who left Michigan last spring after his sophomore season, a qualifying offer.

Robinson was drafted 40th in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who placed Robinson on waivers in March. Wojnarowski writes that Robinson “had significant interest after Minnesota placed him on waivers in March and has appeal to several teams in the mode of developing young players.”

The 6-foot-6 wing played in 36 games as a rookie and averaged 2.1 points per game.

LeVert featured in early mocks

Caris LeVert isn’t just facing high expectations from Michigan fans during his senior season — NBA Draft scouts and pundits already see him as a consensus first round pick. While the NBA Draft is still a year away, here’s a run-down of where notable NBA Draft outlets have LeVert projected next season.

Mock Drafts

“LeVert could’ve landed in the 2015 lottery if not for a foot injury that sidelined him for much of the season,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish wrote. “He’s a guard with size who can shoot. And, as Devin Booker and R.J. Hunter just proved, there’s always a place for guards with size who can shoot.”

John Beilein told reporters in early June that he expected LeVert to be full-go on July 1st (today) as the summer semester kicks off.

Tim Hardaway Jr. introduced in Atlanta

Tim Hardaway Jr. was traded by the New York Knicks on draft night and was introduced by the Atlanta Hawks today.

Hardway was motivated by Phil Jackson’s comments — essentially that Jerian Grant was a better guard for the Knicks than Hardaway — after he traded him.

“Once I heard him say that, all hands on deck now,” Hardaway told reporters during his introductory press conference. “Obviously as a basketball player, you take that to heart. So, it’s time to move on, get better, and when the time comes, the time comes. Right now, it’s all about Atlanta basketball.”

Hardaway is also eager to put the triangle offense behind him and sounds like a player that could use a fresh start.

“There was a lot of negative but a lot of positive moments through last year,” Hardaway said. “It really helps you grow as an individual and a ball player to realize that nothing comes easy in this league and you have to work for everything. So, it definitely made me mature a lot more as a basketball player and take advantage of this opportunity a lot more.”

Reports were also that Hardaway received a call from Carmelo Anthony, who was furious that he was traded, on draft night. Anthony also tweeted words on encouragement for Hardaway.

Jordan Morgan headed to NBA Summer League

Fresh off of a successful campaign in Italy, Jordan Morgan will participate in the NBA Summer League with the Orlando Magic (July 4-10) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (July 10-20).

Morgan told the Free Press that he hopes to play as much as possible.

“I was third in one of our leagues in the EuroCup in rebounding, so they know I was performing,” Morgan said. “Maybe they want to see if I improved.”

Getting the opportunity to play in both leagues this year should be an asset.

“I just want to play as much as I can, play in front of as many people as I can,” said Morgan, who is looked at as a power forward at 6-foot-8.

Morgan averaged 9.1 point sand 6.7 rebounds per game for Virtus Roma last season according to stats published by Real GM.

  • gobluemd16

    That Woj quote about GRIII sounds like an agent trying to garner more interest in his client.. Glenn could be in some trouble, IMO

    • Alo

      100% agree. He was not NBA ready when he left

      • Robert Golden

        Player development and experience meant more back in the day than now.

  • Webbdog

    For all the doubters it’s been said the Sixers may pursue him for a longer contract than the qualifying offer would have provided. He didn’t make the wrong decision. GRIII will have a guaranteed contract in the NBA this upcoming season. I wish the Pistons would pick him up.

    • robpollard

      I hope you’re right, but I think you’re dreaming. Hopefully he can go to Europe and get some playing time and make some money, and then maybe sign on with an NBA team down the road once/if he proves himself against better competition. That’s the best he can make of the situation at this point. Sitting on the pine for bottom-feeder teams last year did him zero good.

      He left too early, and now there is another crop of even newer people who will take his spot.

    • mikey_mac

      Philly has a roster crunch caused by all of their “asset stashing” in the form of second-round picks. I’d be very surprised to see GR3 back on the Sixers. Hopefully another team snags him, but it’s hardly a lock.

  • A2JD

    I hope GR III gets on a Summer League team.