Report: Nuggets, Knicks, Raptors eye guard Nate Robinson

7/15/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAs the offseason progresses the market for free agent guard Nate Robinson promises to expand. This  greatly diminishes the likelihood of Robinson’s return to the Chicago Bulls, after a playoffs run in which he carried the weight of the team’s scoring before being eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Moreover, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Robinson reportedly don’t see eye to eye on the defensive end, so Thibodeau doesn’t consider bringing back Robinson alongside Derrick Rose as a viable option.
 
But there are other teams that could take advantage from the situation and acquire a food value pickup to help them with a little scoring. Robinson is currently drawing interest from as many as three teams on the market.
 
Robinson is considered one of the most attractive free agents left on the market, after he appeared in all 82 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Into the playoffs, Robinson upped his averages to 16.3 points and 4.4 assists in 12 post season games, in short providing the Bulls great value on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. However, Robinson’s contract with the Bulls expired at the completion of their 2012-13 season campaign.
 
The Knicks and the Nuggets, who could both use a spark of scoring off the bench, have interest in acquiring Robinson’s services. The Raptors are also interested in signing him, and fitting him in as a backup role behind point guard Kyle Lowry.
 
It’s difficult to see how otherwise  Robinson can fit in the Denver Nuggets’ backcourt with Ty Lawson and Andre Miller covering guard duties. And with Andre Iguodala leaving for the Golden State Warriors, Wilson Chandler will likely take on a starting role but there were still be plenty of room for a reserve to add a scoring punch from the perimeter. Last season, Robinson was surprisingly efficient shooting 40.5 percent from the three-pointer range while taking more than four attempts per game.
 
However, If Robinson ends up playing for the Knicks next season, it will be his third stint with the team since playing his first four seasons  after being drafted in first-round of the 2005 NBA draft, and appearing in 30 games for the Knicks in the 2009-10 season. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald could still add another point guard to fill out the roster spots and has reportedly reached out to Robinson, according to a league source.
 
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Robinson could end up playing for the Knicks next season if he doesn’t receive a better offer from another team. But the Knicks are expected to offer him a minimum contract or use their mid-level exception to sign him, assuming it is still available by then.
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7/15/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21268 respect

The Raptors really need a point guard behind Kyle Lowry...  Their Point Guard depth is scarce...  Don't sleep on the raptors this season...