Nuggets sign free agent guard Nate Robinson to 2-year deal
The 29-year-old Robinson was one of the few impact players the remaining on the market after, addressing depth issues in the Bulls roster last season and playing a bigger role in their playoffs run.
Robinson emerged as a key contributor for the Bulls last season, averaging 13.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting and 40.5 percent (by making 141-of-348 attempts) from the 3-pointer range, third-highest among all Bulls players, who made more than 50 attempts in 2012-13. With the Bulls already missing Derrick Rose, Robinson primarily played behind Kirk Hinrich, while also posting averages of 2.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists over 82 game appearances. Going into the postseason, Robinson’s production further increased as he averaged 16.3 point, 2.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists helping the Bulls reach the second-round of the playoffs before losing in five games to the Miami Heat.
In addition to the Nuggets, Robinson was reportedly in talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks this offseason. After finalizing a deal with the Nuggets, Robinson will be joining his sixth team into his ninth NBA season.
It’s been a tumultuous offseason for the Nuggets, losing general manager Masai Ujiri to the Toronto Raptors and firing coach George Karl (led them to franchise-best 57 wins), despite both winning top awards last season. The Nuggets also lost free agent swingmen Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, who signed with the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves respectively this offseason. But the Nuggets are rebuilding their roster this offseason after bowing out of the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year last season.
Robinson will add energy to an already speedy backcourt, which is somewhat crowded this summer. He is expected to share minutes at both guard spots. Ty Lawson and veteran Andre Miller are projected to get most of the minutes at point guard, while newly acquired Randy Foye and second-year pro Evan Fournier are expected to be the team’s principle shooting guards.