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Timberwolves signed a player because he was near New York


Why did the Timberwolves sign Sean Kilpatrick?

Sure, he played well enough in the D-League after going undrafted out of Cincinnati.

But that was far from the only reason.

NBA teams are required to have eight players available for each regular season games, and with a long list of sidelined players – Nikola Pekovic, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Anthony Bennett, Kevin Garnett, Justin Hamilton, Gary Neal and Ricky Rubio – Minnesota was down to just seven healthy players for its game against the Knicks in New York last night.

Enter Kilpatrick, whose D-League team was in nearby Delaware.

Timberwolves president/coach Flip Saunders, via Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press:

“We had to fulfill our rules, so we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said.

Kilpatrick actually drove, arriving in the Wolves’ locker room at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start.

“We had him in before so we worked him out, so we knew about him and we’ve been following him, but there’s no question that geography helped,” Saunders said. “We had to have a guy here ready to play at 7:30.”

Kilpatrick played 10 minutes, missing his lone shot, grabbing a rebound and turning the ball over in Minnesota’s win.

He’ll earn $29,843 for this contract, more than he would have made all season in the D-League. Not bad for being in the right place at the right time.

Saunders also had a cool story about a player arriving even closer to tip-off than Kilpatrick did. Mahoney:

When Saunders was coaching in the CBA, Sidney Lowe – now a Wolves assistant – arrived half a game later.

“For the (postseason) he had to be eligible for seven games and the seventh game we were playing at La Crosse. So he flew in and got in at halftime,” Saunders said.

“He got in playing the second half to be playoff eligible.”

76ers claim Glenn Robinson III off waivers

Glenn Robinson III, Paul Millsap, Pero Antic

If the 76ers see a talented Robinson on the waiver wire, they pounce.

So, after claiming Thomas Robinson to reach the salary floor and get a better-than-free look at the recent No. 5 pick, Philadelphia again sprung into action when the Timberwolves waived Glenn Robinson III.

The 76ers claimed Robinson, the No. 40 pick in last year’s draft.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, via Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:

“We are excited to have him,” Brown said before Saturday’s game against the Hawks. “We liked him when we looked at him prior to the draft. Part of our plan is identifying young people who have a chance to be keepers. He ticks a lot of boxes in regards to it being a no-brainer in why we would be interested in him. Funny enough I coached his dad in San Antonio for a little while.”

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Robinson has the frame and raw ability of an NBA small forward, but he has yet to put it together – not that he had much opportunity in Minnesota. He played just 108 minutes in 25 games for the Timberwolves. The biggest negative indicator on his career is them choosing Justin Hamilton over him.

Did they cut Robison too soon, or did they have good reason?

The question is worth exploring for the 76ers, who add Robinson the many talented second rounders they’re trying to develop.

They can make Robinson, who signed a one-year contract, a restricted free agent after the season. Unlike K.J. McDaniels, who also signed a one-year deal in a similar position before being traded, Philadelphia probably doesn’t have to worry about matching a big offer with Robinson. If he warrants anything above the minimum, things went very well the last few weeks of the season.

Report: Timberwolves claim Justin Hamilton on waivers, waive Glenn Robinson, III

Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton was one of the many pieces included in last month’s trade between the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns that sent Goran Dragic to Miami. Hamilton, a former D-League big man, ended up going to New Orleans, and the Pelicans promptly waived him. Now, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting that Hamilton has a new home in Minnesota.

In 25 games for the Timberwolves, Robinson had averaged just 1.2 points in 4.3 minutes per game. Hamilton hasn’t contributed much more than that in Miami, but the Timberwolves are essentially swapping out one end-of-bench player for another.