Nate Robinson to Nuggets: Denver Officially Signs Veteran Guard to 2-Year Deal
UPDATE: Friday, July 26, at 4:26 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
The Nuggets made Robinson's signing official via the team's website on Friday:
The Denver Nuggets have signed free-agent guard Nate Robinson to a multiyear contract, general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.
“Nate provides a unique combination of speed, scoring, passion and explosiveness,” Connelly said. “He’s proven that he can fit in any system and enjoy success at any tempo.”
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Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reported the news.
Sam Amick of USAToday.com is reporting that the deal will use Denver's bi-annual salary cap exception worth a total of $4.03 million.
Robinson has provided a boost off the bench and even found success as a short-term starter since he entered the league back in 2005.
He holds a career average of 11.5 points per game on 42.7 percent field-goal shooting and 36.3 percent three-point shooting, along with 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
Originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns, the diminutive guard out of Washington was immediately traded to the New York Knicks.
After making a splash as a high-energy spark plug off the pine in the Big Apple and winning three Slam Dunk Contests, Robinson was eventually shipped to the Boston Celtics and bounced around the league after.
Prior to his signing in Denver, the 5’9”, 180-pound guard made stops in Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State and Chicago, resuscitating his career in the Windy City.
During the Bulls’ unlikely playoff run last season, Robinson appeared in 12 games and started in eight. He was instrumental in the team’s underdog Game 1 victory against the eventual-champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, scoring 27 points and dishing nine assists in 40 minutes of play.
At 29 years old, it seems Robinson still has plenty left in the tank. He may not be a suitable long-term starter, but as he proved this year in Chicago, the eight-year veteran can find a way to contribute while soaking up a decent chunk of minutes.
What do you think of this signing for Denver?
Robinson will make for a great change of pace and insurance option behind Ty Lawson while also having the ability to slide over and play as a shooting guard.
He still needs to be kept on a short leash, however, as there are times when Robinson’s shot refuses to fall. If that happens, he tends to try to shoot himself out of the slump instead of altering his game plan.
While Denver just acquired one of the most unique players in the league, it will have to find a way to maximize Robinson’s gifts and limit the times when he hurts the team’s chances.
Regardless, if Robinson can play as well as he did for Chicago in 2012-13, fans in Denver will welcome the veteran with open arms.
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