Position: Point Guard
Experience: Eighth Season
2012-13 Season Averages
17.30 PER, 20.9 MPG, 11.2 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 SPG
This past summer, the Chicago Bulls signed Nate Robinson to a deal worth the veteran's minimum (via Sports Illustrated).
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls designed Robinson's contract with the intent of using him in trade talks:
The Bulls signed the veteran guard to a deal that doesn't become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10. That means they can waive Robinson with no penalty any time before that date, an option that always has been under consideration internally.
Teague's development, not to mention Derrick Rose's expected return, could make Robinson expendable.
Before we move forward, let's make one thing perfectly clear.
Nate Robinson is not only a valuable sixth man, but he has significant postseason experience. If the Chicago Bulls were to trade him, they would be making a mistake.
With that being said, keeping Lil' Nate on the roster with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and rookie Marquis Teague suggests minutes will be tough to come by. In turn, Robinson's abilities would not be used to their fullest extent.
Fortunately, point guards are always needed around the league. This would enable the Bulls to flip him for some shooters.
Even if it does mean they'd lose one of the game's top spark plugs.
Keep in mind, the Bulls rank dead last in three-point field goals made per game at 4.5. 29th is Memphis at 5.2 per.
A trade appears to be the only viable option.