Washington Wizards: Devin Robinson Arrested, Will Not Be Back Next Season

Washington Wizards Devin Robinson (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Washington Wizards Devin Robinson (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The Washington Wizards may not be fighting for their playoff lives anymore. They lost that fight long ago. But it doesn’t mean some of the Wizards aren’t still fighting.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, April 14, 2019, Washington Wizards two-way forward Devin Robinson was arrested after getting into an altercation with Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills. The two were fighting outside of Opera, a D.C. nightclub, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.

The Wizards took little time responding to the news and released a short, direct statement early Saturday afternoon.

"“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend a qualifying offer to him for the 2019-20 season.”"

You can check out the statement itself, here, but that’s really all they said.

It’s hard to tell if there’s anything more to the response from the Wizards. Is this a read between the lines situation?

They could be sending a message to the team. There could have been some behind-the-scenes issues we aren’t aware of. Or the Wizards could have simply wanted to be done with Robinson.

After two consecutive seasons of two-way contracts, the Wizards wouldn’t have been able to offer Robinson the same deal for a third year. Instead, he would have to receive at least the league minimum with some of that money guaranteed.

The league minimum certainly wouldn’t have cost the Wizards much. But for a team with salary cap issues and a lot of potential roster turnover this summer, every bit of value counts.

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It’s unlikely the Wizards would have even offered Robinson a qualifying offer, anyways. He’s had some highlight-reel dunks and a few jaw-dropping blocks, but Robinson has struggled to stay healthy and hasn’t done much on the NBA-level during his past two seasons with the Wizards.

This season, Robinson only played with the Wizards seven times. During those games, he shot 59.4%, averaging nearly seven points, three rebounds, and one assist in 13.6 minutes per game.