Nate Robinson headed to Nuggets for 2 years, $4.1M
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com July 22, 2013 8:13PM
Chicago Bulls Nate Robinson reacts to scoring a basket during the fourth quarter at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, April 27, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 24, 2013 6:29AM
Nate Robinson finally nailed down a multiyear contract.
He agreed on a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets that will pay him $4.1 million, according to reports.
For the well-traveled Robinson, 29, it was exactly what he was looking for after the season he had with the Bulls.
“This is just what I have to do,’’ Robinson said in April when discussing five consecutive seasons of playing out one-year contracts. “Yeah, I mean, your heart is with the team you play for, but you know that you have to keep pushing forward for your family.’’
Robinson made a big push in 2012-13. He played a career-high 82 games, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists, and saved his best for the playoffs, in which he averaged 16.3 points and single-handedly won at least two games with his shot-making ability.
The Bulls were hoping to keep Robinson as a reserve in their backcourt, but with limited funds and the return of injured star Derrick Rose, they knew that wasn’t a reality.
Even before the Bulls signed free agent Mike Dunleavy Jr., a source told the Sun-Times that Robinson and his camp already had been informed that there wasn’t enough money for a multiyear deal to keep him in the fold.
Robinson’s departure means there will be even more pressure on second-year point guard Marquis Teague.
Kirk Hinrich will be the primary backup to Rose, but considering Hinrich’s age (32) and injury history, Teague will be counted on for some heavy minutes off the bench.
As for Robinson, he joins a high-octane team as a backup to star point guard Ty Lawson under first-year coach Brian Shaw.
It will be Robinson’s sixth team in nine seasons after stints with the Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.