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Report: Nate Robinson set to sign with Chicago Bulls

Jul 30, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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Looks like the Bulls may be picking up another point guard and some scoring off the bench with the inconsistent energy of Nate Robinson.

That according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, who spoke to Robinson’s agent and tweeted this (on Sulia):

the agent for Nate Robinson, Aaron Goodwin, says the veteran point guard will sign with Chicago today “barring unforeseen problems.” Robinson averaged 11.2 points (42.4 percent shooting overall), 23.5 minutes, 1.2 steals and a career-high 4.5 assists per game with Golden State last season. Assuming the signing takes place, this will be the 28-year-old’s fifth team since the 2009-10 campaign (NY, Boston, Oklahoma City, Golden State and the Bulls).

With Derrick Rose out until likely March, depth at guard and scoring matters to the Bulls. And Robinson can provide those things.

But to me, this fits in with the “meh” summer of the Bulls that seems to be looking at 2014 more than next season.

Fans tend to love Robinson because he is a fearless player, a guy their height (actually, shorter than most of you) who plays among the trees in the NBA. But he drives coaches crazy with a lack of defense and the fact he can shoot you out of a game as fast as he can shoot you back into one.

It will be interesting to see how he and Tom Thibodeau get along.

  1. londonaiooo - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I love Nate, when he was traded from the Cs it was definitely a sad day (this was very much a heart over head sadness). I hope it works out for him, presumably he and Thibs know each other well from Boston, for good or bad.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    As crazy as that little guy is, he’s a pretty decent player and he can score in bunches. If Thibs can get him to play some D, I’m good with it.

  3. bkeen89 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Short. Doesn’t play D. Can score but shoots way more than his share of shots.

    Great. I thought we just got rid of John Lucus III …

  4. rodge1 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Not a Bulls fan but this is a solid pickup.

  5. isd87 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I have to express a small gripe: I know its easier to write a Bulls story with a date in mind for D-Rose’s return, but reporting March as a return date is irresponsible because it is based on purely speculation. I love KC Johnson, but he doesn’t have meaningful insight at this point into when Rose will return, no one does. Really like this signing for the Bulls. Point guards tend to produce in the Bulls offense and Nate Robinson has a lot of talent.

  6. jjordannba - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Well since Nate played in Boston before on that Finals Team, him and Thibbs should already have a relationship and he should be able to handle him well enough

  7. proballerslounge - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I think he will be a good fit

  8. itsthemelman82 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I love watching this little dude ball! He gives you his all on the court. When he was w/ the Knicks he was like a big hyper kid but you had to love him. After Boston he just sorta disappeared in GS so I’m happy that he’ll be with the Bulls!

    It leads me to believe that they are less than thrilled w/ drafting Teague

  9. phillyphan93 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Nice pick up, the guy can rack up some points when hes healthy.

  10. mcjon22 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    A ‘meh’ off-season? Nate Robison is a clear upgrade over JLIII and could argue he’s better than Cj Watson. Heinrich is an upgrade over Watson for sure, Asik wasn’t worth the money and Muhummed isn’t a terrible replacement. Korver and the guy from New Orleans is practically a wash. They’ve basically stayed at the same level IMO while trimming money from the payroll and setting themselves up for bigger things once Rose comes back.

    • philtration - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      What bigger things would that be?
      What is it that they are setting themselves up for?

      If you really believe that the collection of stiffs that they are bringing in is as good as the players that have left town then you are just the kind of guy that the Bulls front office is looking for when tickets go on sale.

      • philtration - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        By the way… if you really want to trim payroll then Carlos Boozer would be a great place to start.

  11. tonystrong - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Low risk pick up. I don’t know what it is about Nate’s attitude that makes no team want to commit to him but he’s got to be doing something. Far lesser players have gotten far greater commitments from organizations so there has to be something about Nate’s attitude that is causing this. Good pick up though. Nate’s got a lot to prove so maybe the Bulls catch lightning in a bottle. The way I see it, Nate is capable of helping a team in 10 to 15 wins a year. Don’t believe me check his track record. He’s capable of being a surprise 15-20 in a night and really having a impact in those games. Problem is Nate’s bone head antics also can cost a team a game. As long as the good outweighs the bad (a big question mark), the Bulls got themselves a good band aid till Rose returns next season…if he returns next season!

    • marcusfitzhugh - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Nate Robinson, attitude? Lets see . . . . . . being arrested for urinating in public, a second citation for relieving himself in public, his endless traffic violations in NY (arrested for driving w/no license – yes, he was pulled over during the FIFTH TIME they State of NY suspended his license), having arrest warrants issued for failure to appear, arguing with the coach to the point where he was benched for games on end . . . . . . .

      His attitude may make teams want to consider other options. I hope he gets it together.

  12. coolj23 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    As a Chicagoan now living in Seattle area for last 20yrs I watched Nate from high school to college and now the pros,I can assure you bulls fans he will be explosive off the bench and can score in bunches. I think when the offense goes stagnant he can get his own shot or draw the defender and pass, I don’t believe anyone off the bench over pass couple of years could consistently do that. Congrats bulls fans your gonna enjoy his play guaranteed.

  13. 3pointlegend - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Nate is a great pick up, having seen him play first hand in NY, he is fearless, and one of the stronger guards in the league. Just go back and see video of him with the Celtics and you’ll see proof that with the right coach and mix of players he is coachable. The Bulls backcourt with Hinrich and Robinson is better than CJ Watson, Ronnie Brewer and John Lucas III

  14. fballlvr22 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    So the Bulls miss out on Superman, but get his Kryptoite.

  15. chicagosworth - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I like Nate but if this is the case I would have kept Johhny Lucas!!

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