The 76ers may have just let a Glenn Robinson walk for the second time in team history, though this time under much less nefarious circumstances. Adrian Wojnarowski has the scoop:
The Philadelphia 76ers declined to offer guard Glenn Robinson III a qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Sixers aren't inclined to keep players on one-year deals, but have shown an inclination to revisit a longer-term deal for Robinson this summer, league sources said. Robinson, 21, had significant interest after Minnesota placed him on waivers in March and has appeal to several teams in the mode of developing young players.
Robinson showed little other than some bad habits he needs to break - he had an inclination to pull up for low-percentage midrange shots early in the shot clock and, in a brief period of time, never got acclimated to the Sixers' offense.
Compounding that was a relative logjam on the wings for the Sixers - he played behind Luc Mbah a Moute, Robert Covington, JaKarr Sampson, Hollis Thompson, Jerami Grant, and Jason Richardson. Coming in midseason, the odds were not necessarily stacked in his favor. He only saw action in 10 games as a 76er and 25 as a Timberwolf, and extended minutes were rare.
Medium Dog has NBA talent and size, and given an environment where he gets consistent playing time and developmental focus, he could easily carve a niche in the NBA as a bench wing. Like K.J. McDaniels, he took a one-year contract as a rookie instead of a longer contract with more guarantees, but while he struggled to find the floor, he showed enough to generate interest in a summer league and training camp contract.
The Sixers likely wanted Robinson to sign a long-term deal if they had interest in him at all, and this doesn't prevent the team from bringing him back at all. Instead, it prevents Robinson from taking a one-year deal, which would set him up to be a free agent again this summer.
We expect to hear about Henry Sims, a player in a similar situation and one liked by the coaching staff, later on tonight.