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Detroit Pistons had serious intent to sign Glenn Robinson III

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The Detroit Pistons were aggressive in their pursuit of complementing free agents, already locked down with big contracts to Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, and Blake Griffin, who they traded for before the deadline last season.

First on their list was Glenn Robinson III, an athletic wing who can shoot the ball from distance and defend on the perimeter.

New coach Dwane Casey had him lined up as a perfect fit to his system, making the call as soon as teams were able to contact free agents on July 1.

“Coach was the first to give me a call, at 12:01. I talked to coach Casey immediately and he told me what my role would be,” Robinson said, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. “Coming in as a shooter and defender who could spread the floor and attack the basket. They were looking for shooters at small forward to be able to stretch the floor and help Blake (Griffin) and Drummond inside.”

Robinson fits the mold as a plug-and-play option that could play a similar role as Reggie Bullock did last season, a welcome surprise after posting the second best 3-point shooting mark in the league (44.5 percent).

While Robinson only played 23 games after sustaining an ankle injury, the sample size over his three years in the league proved enough for Casey to take a flyer on the 24-year-old, who has improved his 3-point shooting after every season, posting a 41.2 percent mark in 2017-18.

The Pistons have come short of reaching the playoffs for two straight seasons and Casey’s hiring was made to turn the tide for this new-look team.

Only days into his stint in the Motor City, Robinson is brimming with confidence his role will help Detroit reach new heights.

“We have a great team and we can get this playoff push going and we’re coming in with strong confidence and chips on our shoulders.”