Spurs sign F Glenn Robinson

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) - A month ago, Glenn Robinson was on one of the worst teams in the NBA. Now he is with one of the best.

Robinson, a former All-Star who has not played this season due to ankle tendinitis, was signed Tuesday by the San Antonio Spurs for the rest of the season.

Guard Dion Glover, who signed a second 10-day contract on March 30, was released to make room on the roster for Robinson, who was traded to the New Orleans Hornets on February 24 and waived six days later.

The first overall pick in the 1994 draft, Robinson has career averages of 20.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 679 games. However, he has been traded three times in the last three years.

The Philadelphia 76ers shipped Robinson, who lost his starting job to rookie Andre Iguodala during training camp, to New Orleansfor Rodney Rogers and injured Jamal Mashburn.

Robinson, 32, averaged 16.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 42 games last season, missing 40 games due to elbow and ankle injuries.

The Spurs are hoping Robinson can compensate for some of the offense they are missing without injured superstar forward Tim Duncan and reserve guard Devin Brown. San Antonio (54-19) is in second place in the Western Conference playoff race, two games behind Phoenix.

Because he was signed after March 1, Robinson is not eligible for the playoffs.

The 6-7 Robinson spent his first eight seasons with Milwaukee and is the franchise’s second all-time leading scorer with 12,010 points. He set a career high with a 23.4 average in 1997-98.

The Bucks traded Robinson to Atlanta in August 2002. After averaging 20.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in his only season with the Hawks, Robinson was traded to the 76ers in a four-team deal in July 2003.

Glover averaged 3.6 points in seven games with the Spurs.

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Updated Tuesday, Apr 5, 2005