Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Multi-year deal in Nate-Rob's future?
By Joe Kaiser
UPDATE: Last week we listed Dallas as one potential suitor for Nate Robinson. Today, Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com detailed why such a move would make sense for the Mavericks.
"Lil’ Nate is the buzz of the Eastern Conference playoffs right now – having just dropped 27 points and nine assists despite getting 10 stitches in his lip during Chicago’s Game 1 upset of the Miami Heat –- but he was a journeyman desperate for a job in the offseason," MacMahon writes. "He accepted a partially guaranteed minimum deal to join the Bulls.
"Robinson, the 5-foot-9 former slam dunk champion, has always had a Jason Terry-like borderline irrational type of confidence. And that hasn’t always gone over well, which is part of the reason he’s played for five teams in the last four seasons. But Robinson has the game of a hyperathletic J.J. Barea. He’s got the ability to score in bunches – as a 3-pointer shooter, off the dribble, as a pick-and-roll initiator. It’s certainly intriguing to think about how he’d fit as an off-the-bench sparkplug playing with Dirk Nowitzki."
So does Nate-Rob make sense in Big D? Well, the Mavs could certainly use him, but MacMahon also points out that his playoff performance might put him out of the Mavs’ price range for a backup point guard. One has to believe that Robinson will have many teams interested in him after the season, which also doesn't help Dallas' chances.
Anyone who watched Nate Robinson's exhilerating Game 4 performance against Brooklyn understands that Chicago's guard is capable of taking a game over. And after two-straight seasons of settling for a one-year deal worth at or near the veteran's minimum, we have to wonder what Robinson will be worth on the open market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Just when Robinson appeared to be becoming an afterthought in the league following his trade from Boston to Oklahoma City a few years back, he's quietly strung together two very solid years in a row with Golden State and now Chicago. We can only speculate what his role would be in Chicago next season if he resigns with the Bulls, which will have Derrick Rose back, but you can expect a number of other teams to consider Robinson on a multi-year deal.
Teams like Dallas and Detroit could be in the market for a veteran guard who can handle the ball and score, but that will be much clearer after the NBA draft in June, when Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams are expected to both be selected in the first 14 picks. Other teams like Portland and Phoenix with money to spend and the need for guard depth could also be suitors.