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Do Nets have ‘interest’ in Glenn Robinson III?

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The Nets currently have 14 players under contract plus second round draft pick Reggie Perry who Brooklyn could sign to a regular contract or an expanded G League two-way deal. So who gets the final spot (assuming no other moves)? Mike Scotto of Hoopshype reports that the Nets are among five teams who’ve expressed interest in 6’6” wing Glenn Robinson III.

Scotto writes...

Glenn Robinson III, one of the top wings remaining on the market, has drawn interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, and Utah Jazz, league sources told HoopsHype.

Robinson, son of the NBA champion and two-time All-Star, is 26. Last season was his best statistically. Before being traded at the deadline to Philadelphia, Robinson played 48 games, all starts, for the last-place Warriors, averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists, all career highs, while shooting 48/40/85. Both the Warriors and 76ers declined to offer him a new contract.

Robinson, who is seen as a potential 3-and-D earned the $1.9 million vets minimum last season and is not expected to earn more this season. The Nets recently upgraded their wing position by resigning Joe Harris and trading for Landry Shamet. On Thursday, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s contract will become partially guaranteed, according to Basketball Insiders.

In addition to Robinson, Hoopshype reports the Nets may have interest in Nicolas Batum, a defensive-minded 6’8” forward who’s played the last five years in Charlotte but with rapidly declining production. As a defensive specialist, Batum might be a better fit for the Nets’ needs than Robinson.

According to ESPN, the Hornets are searching for a third team to take on the final year of Batum’s contract, valued at $27.1 million, in a salary dump so it can complete its sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward with the Celtics. Currently, the Knicks are the only team with anything close to the cap space although the Thunder recently generated a $27.5 million trade exception, which also could be used. In return, New York or Oklahoma City would presumably get a player and draft pick or two in return. Either team would likely waive Batum making him a free agent.

Batum, 31, is coming off a season with the Hornets in which he averaged 3.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 23.0 minutes per game in 22 games.