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Bulls may waive Nate Robinson before Jan. 10

Dec 19, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

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The Bulls are currently sitting at fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and have gotten there without any help form their injured All-Star point guard Derrick Rose.

It’s a testament to Chicago’s defense-first style, and to the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, who consistently utilizes the available playes in the right combinations to maximize his team’s chances.

Nate Robinson has been one of those players that has sparked the Bulls at times, most recently coming through with 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench in Tuesday night’s win over the Celtics. But he’s playing with a non-guaranteed contract, and that means the team could decide to let him go in the next few weeks.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

The Bulls signed the veteran guard to a deal that doesn’t become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10. That means they can waive Robinson with no penalty any time before that date, an option that always has been under consideration internally.

[Marquis Teague‘s] development, not to mention Derrick Rose’s expected return, could make Robinson expendable.

There’s no question Robinson has some abilities, and his athleticism is beyond reproach. You just never know what you’re going to get from him on any given night, and if the Bulls believe that Teague, along with a healthy Rose later in the season, can provide a bit more consistency, then Robinson may indeed find himself looking for employment elsewhere.

  1. supremekingz - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Come on man. I really like Nate

  2. lmoneyfresh - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    That’s awesome. Nate is the only PG on that team that can play worth a crap. Teague is developing fine, but Hinrich is just awful.

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I bet someone will scoop him up, I can’t remember him doing anything crazy this year.
    I remember when he first got drafted by the Knicks he was a handful but he never had
    trouble with the law. I hope it works out for him.

  4. abchome - Dec 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    The Bulls really live up to their notorious money pinching reputation. Robinson (10.8 points, 3.6 assists, league minimum salary) should have no problem finding a suitor, just like Watson, Brewer, Lucas…

  5. rajbais - Dec 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Stupid idea!!!!!!

    Waive Hinrich!!! That guy halts you everywhere!!!

  6. Gordon - Dec 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Awful idea. Just keep him as insurance, if nothing else.

  7. freemantowilliams - Dec 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Vet minimum with the heat. Just add to the long list of freak athletes. Or maybe even the clips.

  8. dmv21 - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I don’t understand, so many teams that struggle to score and Nate’s always the guy nobody wants because?? I’d love him in LA and his ball pressure is awesome… Pause

  9. jimsjam33 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    The Clippers already have Bledsole , but the Lakers could use him !

  10. badintent - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    The last Bulls game, he was the only one willing to take big shots in crunch time ! I miss the dude on my Knicks. Remember when he blocked Yao Ming’s dunk ? LOL

  11. 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Ridiculous. Nate gets no respect. SMDH

  12. gmsingh - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The only reason for the front office to waive Nate is if they don’t care what seed they are in the playoffs.

  13. glink123 - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Garbage journalism. Nate isn’t going anywhere.

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