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Report: Thunder working to buy out Nate Robinson

Nov 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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You can add Nate Robinson to your list of free agents that fans love way more than GMs do.

Not officially, yet. Officially and through Dec. 9 Robinson is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder set to make $4.5 million next season. But the two sides are working on a buyout, tweets J. Michael Falgoust of USA Today.

Nate Robinson will be bought out by #Thunder so he can become free agent. They tried to do this before the lockout. Working on it now.

This is mostly about roster space — after coming over from the Celtics last year (in the Kendrick Perkins trade) Robinson was used in just four Thunder games and played only 12 minutes total in the playoffs. He’s not part of the Thunder’s rotation.

It will not save the Thunder money, unless they decide to use the stretch provision of the new CBA (which seems unlikely for one year at just $4.5 million). That full salary will stay on the Thunder’s cap for this season, minus half of any deal he signs somewhere else. (So if Robinson signs with a team for $1 million, the Thunder get $500,000 off the cap.)

Teams looking for some scoring punch off the bench and a guy who will get the fan base excited may want Robinson. He’s not efficient, but he is entertaining.

  1. JMil_ATL - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Atlanta needs to pick him up for the simple fact of ‘seats’ in the seats. Too many of people at Phillips arena are there to root for the other team. Pick up Nate this year and do all you can next year in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.

  2. therealhtj - Nov 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Stretch doesn’t apply to old deals, does it?

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