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Kennedy: Nets approached Thomas Robinson after midnight

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If you're wondering who the Nets are thinking about as their back-up big, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders tweets look no further than Thomas Robinson.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brooklyn is showing interest in Thomas Robinson, per league source. He averaged 8.8 points, 7.7 boards in 18.5 minutes in Philly last year.</p>&mdash; Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/616273595023650816">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just to clarify, Nets expressed interest in Thomas Robinson last night at the start of free agency. Brooklyn likes the 24-year-old big man.</p>&mdash; Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/616275908131954688">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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NetsDaily reported on the Nets interest in T-Rob, a 6'10" center/power forward two days ago. The interest is reportedly mutual.  The Nets have long had interested in the 24-year-old Kansas product.  Four years ago, before a trade and lottery pick sent their first rounder to Portland, the Nets had targeted Robinson as a top three pick.

Then, last February, they thought they had him.  After he was waived by Denver following a trade, the Nets and his agent agreed on a deal that would have brought Robinson to Brooklyn at least for a 10-day contract. But at the last minute, the 76ers who had the cap space needed, claimed him off waivers, angering the Nets, Robinson and his agent.

Robinson played well in Philadephia, averaging as Kennedy notes, 8.8 and 7.7 in a mere 18 minutes. His big issue, as it has been in the past, was foul trouble. He also averaged 2.3 personals.With Nerlens Noei, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on the roster, there's no need for Robinson in Philly.

If he signs with the Nets, T-Rob is likely to fill the Mason Plumlee role with the Nets thinking he's more a 5/4 than a 4/5.  Although somewhat undersized, he has great physical strength and stunning athleticism for such a big man.

In a Grantland profile published Tuesday, the author noted the Nets interest and quoted Robinson as saying his next step, wherever it is, is going to be about regaining respect. "So right now, I’m not playing for money no more. I’m not playing for love. I’m playing because I want my respect back. That’s pretty much my mind-set until I’m done."