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Report: Thomas Robinson expected to opt out of Nets deal

According to a report from Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, forward Thomas Robinson is expected to opt out of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets and become a free agent this summer.

Robinson has one year and $1 million left on his contract, but he has a player option for next season. Young speculates that the increase in the salary cap will help the 25-year-old power forward make more than that in the 2016-17 season.

Since being taken by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Robinson hasn’t lived up to expectations. Although he seems to have a frame that could lead to success (6-foot-10, 235 pounds), he hasn’t been able to put everything together yet. In just four seasons, he’s bounced around to five different teams, averaging just 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Young believes the San Antonio Spurs could be a prime destination for Robinson:

Gregg Popovich mentioned the need to add younger talent after the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by Oklahoma City last week. The Thunder’s youth and athleticism overwhelmed the Spurs, who now face questions about the strength of their bench, especially with older forwards David West and Boris Diaw.

While Robinson has largely been disappointing to this point in his career, he did have a strong finish to his only season with the Nets. He made six starts down the stretch and had a double-double in each game, averaging 12.3 points and 13 rebounds. Perhaps that will increase his value a little more as he heads into free agent waters.

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