The Golden State Warriors are more upset over losing Glenn Robinson III than any of the other four players dealt before Thursday's deadline, including D'Angelo Russell, according to Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle.
The Warriors dealt Robinson and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers for a 2020 2nd round draft pick (via Dallas), a 2021 2nd round draft pick (via Denver), and a 2022 2nd round draft pick (via Toronto). Golden State also dealt Russell, Jacob Evans, and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick.
Russell is averaging a career-high 23.6 points per game this season, but his fit next to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson was expected to be tenuous. The Warriors acquired Russell with an eye towards trading him away at some point and believe Wiggins may be a better positional fit.
Robinson III started all 48 games he played in his first season in the Bay Area—the first chance in his career to be a regular starter. He averaged 14.7 points per 36 minutes and has greatly improved his shooting numbers from last season. His true shooting percentage is at a career-high mark (57.4) and his three-point accuracy is back up to 40% after a dismal shooting season in Detroit in which he just hit 29% from downtown.
Robinson reportedly impressed the Warriors off the court, too, which Letourneau cites as the main reason why he'll be missed:
“I was told that the Warriors were more upset about losing Robinson than they were any of the five other players traded before the deadline. That speaks to the respect he commanded throughout that locker room as a leader and role player.”
The report also states that Robinson would be willing to return to the Warriors on a minimum contract after the season.