Glenn Robinson III signs three-year deal with Pacers

Glenn Robinson III’s NBA carousel continues.

After an underwhelming rookie year that began in Minnesota and ended in Philadelphia, Robinson, the former high-flying Michigan wing, is heading back to the Midwest after signing a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Robinson’s decision to join the Pacers will serve as a homecoming of sorts, as he played high school ball in St. John, Indiana. In addition, Robinson’s father (Glenn Robinson Jr.) grew up in Gary, just north of St. John, before embarking on an illustrious college career at Purdue that eventually led to his being selected first overall in the 1994 NBA Draft.

The road to NBA success has been slightly more difficult for the younger Robinson, who played two years at the University of Michigan before being selected 40th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014. Minnesota’s plan to stash Robinson in the D-League as a means of inducing development was thwarted when the Wolves were hit by a rash of injuries, forcing Robinson to remain on the active NBA roster for practice purposes. He would subsequently rack up an overabundance of DNP-CD’s.

After being waived by the Timberwolves in March, Robinson was picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers, where he appeared in 10 games and averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

At season’s end, Robinson became a free agent after the 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer. He was a late addition the Atlanta Hawks’ summer league team and performed well, averaging 11.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in six games.