Bulls Sign Robinson, Might Add McGrady

Bulls sign Robinson, "might add" McGrady

7/31/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Apr 3, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA;  Golden State Warriors point guard Nate Robinson (2) dribbles the ball up the court during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.  Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIREThe Bulls have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with point guard Nate Robinson.

The Bulls are hoping to have their incumbent starting point guard, Derrick Rose, back by March, which means that they need some suitable talent to account for the heavy minutes that Rose usually plays.

Robinson played pretty well in limited minutes last season and should be a good pickup for the Bulls. In only 23 minutes per game, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.2 steals. He has the potential to be a very good role player and bench-scoring energizer. Robinson averaged 17.2 points on 30 minutes per game for the Knicks back in the 2008-09 season, but he hasn't averaged close to those minutes since that season.

Rookie point guard Marquis Teague only played one year in college and may not be ready to handle a lot of minutes, so adding Robinson to the roster makes a lot of sense.

The Bulls may not be done after signing Robinson. According to Bulls' beat writer K.C. Johnson, the team is also considering signing Tracy McGrady.

After signing Robinson, Kirk Heinrich, and Marco Belinelli, the Bulls could still very well decide to pass on the veteran swingman.

McGrady has also simply not been the same since recurring injuries plagued him the past few years. His minutes dropped to 16.1 with the Hawks last season, and he didn't play all that well during those minutes. Averaging only 5.3 points on 43.7% shooting, players like McGrady are a dime a dozen. He can bring some veteran experience and leadership to the Bulls' locker room, but don't expect him to contribute much on the court if he is signed.
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