Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Chillbongo on Thu May 30, 2013 2:00 pm

Nate Robinson Says He Won’t Be Back With Chicago Bulls Next Season

The first domino of the Chicago Bulls’ offseason has fallen, as Nate Robinson announced in a post on Instagram that he will not be returning to Chicago next season.

Robinson signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum last July after the Bulls gutted their bench and decided they weren’t comfortable with rookie Marquis Teague backing up Kirk Hinrich at the point until Derrick Rose’s return. Originally intended to be little more than a bench scorer, Nate ended up playing a much larger role than expected when Hinrich kept getting hurt and Rose’s return never materialized.

While Nate was undeniably productive and one of the best bargains in the league, his departure was essentially inevitable. The Bulls are capped out and thus could only re-sign Robinson if they offered him a portion of their mini mid-level exception, which would hamstring any efforts to sign any other free agents.

Furthermore, Robinson figures to command more on the open marke than the Bulls would be willing and/or able to pay.Oh, and there’s that thing where the Bulls already have three point guards under contract for next season. That probably didn’t help anything.

Anyway, bon voyage to you, Nate. Thanks for the memories.


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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Rooscooter on Thu May 30, 2013 2:22 pm

While Robinson is a flawed player and has in the past been a locker room distraction I think if we would have added he and Beasley last year when they were available we'd had a fighting chance against OKC.

He's a high energy, change of pace player that can drop 25 at any given time...... he can also go 0-9 with 5 turnovers in a quarter a few times as well.....

All in all, he's the kind of player we lack. Energy, speed and scoring.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Doc Brown on Thu May 30, 2013 2:56 pm

Get him now damnit. :man2:

Get rid of old injury prone Blake and sign this mother effer. Don't miss out for the 3rd straight year.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Lakerjones on Thu May 30, 2013 3:31 pm

Doc Brown wrote:Get him now damnit. :man2:

Get rid of old injury prone Blake and sign this mother effer. Don't miss out for the 3rd straight year.


Agree. Needless to say we could have used Nate this past year and still could. We need a guy who can get his own off the bench. At the very least he's a huge upgrade to Duhon and Morris. Even if we do end up keeping Blake we're going to need a guy like Robinson in case the two Steves break down again (highly likely given their history now).
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu May 30, 2013 3:55 pm

I can see the Lakers board now: Do it Mitch! :man10:
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby kenzo on Thu May 30, 2013 4:05 pm

Don't do it Mitch :man9:
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Avenged24 on Thu May 30, 2013 5:15 pm

This guy would be GREAT for us. Heck all things considering, what we got from Nash this season, Nate could be the starter.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby noobiew on Thu May 30, 2013 7:46 pm

Nate Robinson salary $854,389.

Damn, how could we missed out Nate Robinson the past summer when he was available for just vet-min ? :bang:
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby abeer3 on Thu May 30, 2013 7:57 pm

there's a reason he's available: he's unreliable. don't get me wrong: I appreciate what he can do, but he's best as a sparkplug. if you depend on him as part of your regular rotation, he'll probably let you down more often than not. he was a perfect fit for Chicago and for boston before that, but his playoff performance will earn him a bigger role/contract than he deserves. kinda like jjb.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby JGC on Thu May 30, 2013 7:59 pm

If you get a guy like nate you have to be ok with him handling the ball which i dont think we would allow for any reasonable amount of time.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 9:19 am

abeer3 wrote:there's a reason he's available: he's unreliable. don't get me wrong: I appreciate what he can do, but he's best as a sparkplug. if you depend on him as part of your regular rotation, he'll probably let you down more often than not. he was a perfect fit for Chicago and for boston before that, but his playoff performance will earn him a bigger role/contract than he deserves. kinda like jjb.

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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 31, 2013 11:11 am

therealdeal wrote:
abeer3 wrote:there's a reason he's available: he's unreliable. don't get me wrong: I appreciate what he can do, but he's best as a sparkplug. if you depend on him as part of your regular rotation, he'll probably let you down more often than not. he was a perfect fit for Chicago and for boston before that, but his playoff performance will earn him a bigger role/contract than he deserves. kinda like jjb.

This.


I don't think anyone here is saying he's a new starter for us....

Unreliable could describe our entire roster sans Kobe, Dwight and maybe Blake this year. After that what Robinson did "unreliably" for Chicago would have been as good as what we got from a number of our rotational players.

You guys don't need to worry we won't pursue him IMO. For some reason we never even look at players that bring scoring to the table for our bench.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 11:15 am

I'm not saying we SHOULDN'T pursue him, only agreeing why Chicago ISN'T.

We should definitely ask him if he'd like to be here.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 31, 2013 11:25 am

^^Mitch doesn't seem to pursue anyone like this and hasn't in his entire tenure with LA. Not his kind of player but a player type every good team seems to have
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Doc Brown on Fri May 31, 2013 11:31 am

We will be rolling with Nash and Blake next year and are supposed to believe that they will healthy for the entire season.

Then when they inevitably get injured (which they will), we will be down to some 3rd string scrub that has no reason to be in league.

Our PG rotation right now has disappointment written all over it.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 12:20 pm

Well it can't get much worse than last season, so it should at least be an improvement.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Chillbongo on Fri May 31, 2013 12:45 pm

If we can't get Augustin or one of the other bench guards we were talking about, Nate is fine.

He'll want more than what he made last season, can't we snag him for the veteran min @ $1.2M?
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Doc Brown on Fri May 31, 2013 12:58 pm

therealdeal wrote:Well it can't get much worse than last season, so it should at least be an improvement.


Blake put up his best numbers since becoming a Laker and Nash put up similar numbers as his last season with Phoenix.

Injuries aren't anything new with these two. I'm expecting much of the same. Nash can't play more than 28-30 minutes and Blake shouldn't be playing more than 20.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby XXIV on Fri May 31, 2013 1:00 pm

I was one of the few who wanted the Lakers to sign Nate when he was available and I'd like them to do so again this off season. Yes he can be inconsistent but we really do need a spark off the bench who at least has the chance of going off. Nash will likely get injured again at some point during the season and who knows what type of Blake we'll be getting, so it would be nice to have a point guard with a scoring mentality.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 1:04 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Well it can't get much worse than last season, so it should at least be an improvement.


Blake put up his best numbers since becoming a Laker and Nash put up similar numbers as his last season with Phoenix.

Injuries aren't anything new with these two. I'm expecting much of the same. Nash can't play more than 28-30 minutes and Blake shouldn't be playing more than 20.

I meant number of games played. It'd be silly to expect both Nash AND Blake to miss half the season. One of them? Sure. Both of them miss 20 games? Sure. But BOTH miss HALF the season? I think that's about as bad as we can expect.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Doc Brown on Fri May 31, 2013 1:13 pm

I don't think both will miss half the season, but 15-20 games for each is definitely accurate and something we definitely do not need.

I'm just done with every person in the backcourt right now, except Kobe.

I want no part of a guy that is 40, can't play more than 30 minutes a night and can't be depended on to play all 82 and stay healthy. Same goes for Blake. That is not acceptable for what they are being paid.

The strongest spot in the league and we can't depend on our starting or backup PG. I don't like that one bit.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby JGC on Fri May 31, 2013 1:14 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
abeer3 wrote:there's a reason he's available: he's unreliable. don't get me wrong: I appreciate what he can do, but he's best as a sparkplug. if you depend on him as part of your regular rotation, he'll probably let you down more often than not. he was a perfect fit for Chicago and for boston before that, but his playoff performance will earn him a bigger role/contract than he deserves. kinda like jjb.

This.


I don't think anyone here is saying he's a new starter for us....

Unreliable could describe our entire roster sans Kobe, Dwight and maybe Blake this year. After that what Robinson did "unreliably" for Chicago would have been as good as what we got from a number of our rotational players.

You guys don't need to worry we won't pursue him IMO. For some reason we never even look at players that bring scoring to the table for our bench.


Well, I think there's a reason for that. For quite some time now, we've been able to run with Kobe for 38 mins a game and when he is in, it wouldn't make sense to put the ball in Nate Robinson's hands.

It works for Chicago because they don't have DRose around and they need someone who will provide that punch. It wouldn't be worth paying big bucks for a guy to put the ball in the basket for 2.5 mins a quarter and that isn't even enough time for them to heat up.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby karacha on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:58 am

I think we should give it a try. Yes, I totally agree that he is unreliable, but for us, he would be a bench scorer and those are, naturally, inconsistent. Yet he is pretty good, passionate about the game, quick and extremely athletic. Small, but difficult to stop when he's hot. I guess he fits with what we need right now.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby therealdeal on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:03 am

Doc Brown wrote:I don't think both will miss half the season, but 15-20 games for each is definitely accurate and something we definitely do not need.

I'm just done with every person in the backcourt right now, except Kobe.

I want no part of a guy that is 40, can't play more than 30 minutes a night and can't be depended on to play all 82 and stay healthy. Same goes for Blake. That is not acceptable for what they are being paid.

The strongest spot in the league and we can't depend on our starting or backup PG. I don't like that one bit.

I don't disagree.

Although I will say this: if we had a young stud backup PG behind Nash (like Phoenix with Dragic) then I wouldn't mind at all. It's the fact that BOTH are over the hill that hurts us. And I like both Steves personally, it's just not a good basketball situation.
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Re: Chicago Bulls will not retain Nate Robinson

Postby Doc Brown on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:55 am

therealdeal wrote:Although I will say this: if we had a young stud backup PG behind Nash (like Phoenix with Dragic) then I wouldn't mind at all. It's the fact that BOTH are over the hill that hurts us. And I like both Steves personally, it's just not a good basketball situation.


I'd be perfectly fine with this. This is probably the most realistic/ideal option for us next year, since the chances of both of the PG's getting shipped out are slim to none.
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