Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday the Atlanta Hawks and Thomas Robinson agreed on a non-guaranteed contract.
The former no.5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft has not lived up to the expectation placed on him. He has played for 6 different clubs over the course of his 5 NBA seasons. He last played for the Lakers in the 2016-17 season; he averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
He played for Russian club BC Khimki after he did not find a spot with an NBA team last season.
In an April 2017 interview with the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina, Robinson had this to say about him changing his mindset to accept his role was pivotal:
“I am an energy and hustle guy. That’s what I do. That’s my niche. That’s what I wake up and go in the gym and work on. That’s me. I am always going to be that player. I’m always going to be the best. I’ll be a star in my role. I don’t want to be the next Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James] or prove I can score 30 points. I want to be established in my role and help my other teammates get off on their shots and rebounds and extra plays and things of that sort. That’s my commitment this summer to get my IQ better with the game and to lock in and become an All-Star in what I do and that’s filling the energy player.”
Perhaps Robinson will find a home with the Hawks, but given his track record, that remains to be seen.