The reinforcements are coming on the wing for the Kings.
After losing Kent Bazemore and Bogdan Bogdanovic in free agency, Sacramento reportedly has agreed to terms with a younger replacement. Per reporting from Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Glenn Robinson III will be joining the Kings. Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee confirmed that the deal is for one year.
Glenn Robinson III and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a deal, a league source told @hoopshype.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 30, 2020
Robinson fills a hole at the two/three for the Kings. He is a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter and can provide solid spacing alongside Buddy Hield for De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton. Should the Kings decide that Harrison Barnes is a full-time power forward at this point in his career, Robinson could slot in as the starting small forward.
The current Sacramento wing rotation consists of Barnes (more of a combo forward), DaQuan Jeffries, Justin James, and Robert Woodard III. There isn’t a lot of experience there beyond Barnes, and the Kings will need depth in a season that projects to have occasional personnel absences due to COVID-19. It is strange to sign a player as young as Robinson for only one season, as that limits most of his upside, but he is a bouncy player (he won the Dunk Contest in 2017) who should fit right in a run-and-gun offense. He also seems like a good guy: Marcus Thompson had a great story in The Athletic about Robinson paying it forward to one of his neighbors.
Robinson doesn’t appear to have been the team’s first choice at small forward. Jonathan Abrams reported that the Kings had their first meeting with Derrick Jones Jr. — another former Slam Dunk champion who eventually signed with Portland — when free agency began on Nov. 20. Jones is a younger player whose age more closely aligns with Sacramento’s timeline, and he could have added a necessary defensive presence, but Robinson isn’t a bad consolation prize. Golden State managed to flip Robinson and Alec Burks for three second-round picks at last year’s trade deadline, and the Kings could make a similar deal to net assets this season.
They could also just keep Robinson around to help him groom the younger players, and he is still young enough that he might decide to settle in Sacramento long-term. This is a solid piece of business for the Kings, who now have 19 players on their training camp roster.