Hawks sign former No. 5 overall pick Robinson to non-guaranteed deal

Free-agent forward Thomas Robinson may be nearing a deal to play professionally in China.

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free-agent forward Thomas Robinson to a non-guaranteed contract, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Robinson, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 draft by the Sacramento Kings out of Kansas, played last season for Russian squad Khimki, for which he averaged 8.2 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds in 20 EuroLeague games.

The 6-foot-10, 237-pounder has never been able to carve himself a niche in the NBA, having played for the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers in addition to the Kings over five seasons.

Robinson played 48 games (1 start) for the Lakers in the 2016-17 season, averaging 5.0 points and 4.6 boards in 11.7 minutes, shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 47.0 percent from the free-throw line.

In 313 NBA games (12 starts), Robinson has averaged 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes, shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 50.5 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2012 draft, Robinson was selected at No. 5, ahead of such players as Damian Lillard (sixth), Harrison Barnes (seventh), Terrence Ross (eighth), Andre Drummond (ninth), Austin Rivers (10th), Meyers Leonard (11th), Jeremy Lamb (12th), John Henson (14th), Maurice Harkless (15th), Tyler Zeller (17th), Terrence Jones (18th), Evan Fournier (20th), Jae Crowder (34th), Draymond Green (35th), Quincy Acy (37th), Khris Middleton (39th), Will Barton (40th), Mike Scott (43rd) and Kyle O’Quinn (49th).

With the recent signings of Vince Carter and Daniel Hamilton to guaranteed deals, Atlanta is now carrying 15 players its roster. For Robinson to make the squad, the Hawks would have to trade or release one of those 15.