Posted July 22, 2013

Reports: Nuggets agree to sign Nate Robinson

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson averaged 13.1 points with Chicago last season. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Nuggets have agreed to sign free-agent guard Nate Robinson to a two-year $4 million contract, according to Yahoo! Sports and USA Today Sports.

Denver will reportedly add Robinson using its biannual exception and the deal will include a player option in the second year.

Robinson, 29, an undersized, fearless and explosive guard, averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists for the Bulls last season. He enjoyed a strong run in the playoffs, averaging 16.3 points and 4.4 assists in helping lead the Derrick Rose-less Bulls to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Robinson spent one year with the Bulls as a backcourt fill-in with Rose injured. He appeared in all 82 games last season and shot a career-best 40.5 percent from three-point range.

The Nuggets will be Robinson’s sixth team since 2009, following stints with the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors and Bulls.

Grade: B+. One of the better free agents remaining on the market this late in the summer, Robinson will join a Nuggets backcourt that is looking to make do after the departure of Andre Iguodala to the Warriors. Robinson’s athleticism would have been an intriguing fit under former Nuggets coach George Karl’s high-octane system, but new coach Brian Shaw will look to make the most of a prototypical instant-offense bench scorer, who can shoot his team into or out of games at a moment’s notice. Of course, Robinson’s lack of size presents challenges on the defensive end.

The price is a nice get for the Nuggets: Robinson receives a modest bump from his veteran’s minimum pay last year while Denver adds a solid rotation piece at a relative bargain. The three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion likely entered free agency expecting a more lucrative offer after his postseason performance.

15 comments
limon0510
limon0510

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espn.comment.legend
espn.comment.legend

i miss the espn boards. i get depressed sometimes since they changed it on the 17th

howdythurr
howdythurr

Bulls should have kept him...great sign though 

D.1
D.1

Don't know why he expected any more than he received--he's severely undersized.

kj4027
kj4027

Nate is a head case. We had him on the Knicks a couple of years ago. He is a good player and a good scorer but he is moody and can be divisive in the locker room if he is not getting the playing time he thinks he deserves. That's why he keeps bouncing from team to team and not getting a good multi-year contract with good money.

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

I hate that Chicago did not do everything in their power to keep this guy. 

comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

Good luck Nate in Denver you will be missed in Chicago.  

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Good signing for the Nuggets.  Andre Miller was George Karls favorite player...Karl is gone and I assume Andre will be too in the near future.  Nate Robinson will easily supplant his minutes and still be able to run up and down the court.  

staylor2284
staylor2284

Welcome to Denver Nate! I've been excited to see this!

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

@espn.comment.legend Never used the ESPN message boards, but if it's anything like anything else ESPN has done I'd have to disagree with you.  I can't wait until some sports network gets its act together well enough to wipe ESPN out.  But it would be nice to have a good website with a consistent messaging community.  The only site that seems to get commenters is Bleacher Report, and that site is TERRIBLE.

dhpaulwooton
dhpaulwooton

@SeanHHS We did do everything in our power, it was just simply out of the bulls power and pocketbook. We did offer him the Vet Min again. And to kj4027, at least with Thibs he was actually fairly content and lead the team fairly well. Yes, Nate is still Nate but he seemed to be not near the head case he used to be. Like I saw someone else comment if we could rather have him than hinrich but that can't happen. 

D.1
D.1

@ITATTRACTS @D.1 He's a journeyman who doesn't get along with others. He's severely undersized. He had one decent playoff series with the Bulls. 

No hunches. Only facts. 

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

@dhpaulwooton @SeanHHS The Bulls simply have too many PG's now with Rose back.  It would have been a nice gesture to keep him, but Robinson knew when he was signing on with the Bulls that it was in all likelihood temporary.