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Report: As expected, Nate Robinson to opt in with Denver Nuggets

Jun 23, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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For the first time since 2010, Nate Robinson is going to start the season with the team he ended the last one with.

Robinson was in Denver last year being his vintage self — playing hard, scoring 10 points a game, getting beat on defense and making sometimes great and sometimes odd choices — when he tore his ACL at the end of December, ending his season.

When that happened, it was always likely he would opt back in with the Nuggets (his open market value dropped), and he said as much. His agent has made it official, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

Robinson likely will have backup point guard duties behind Ty Lawson, as he did last season.

Robinson’s injury was part of a wave of injuries that washed over the Nuggets last season — Danilo Gallinari, J.J. Hickson, JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler all missed significant time due to injuries.

It will be interesting to see what Brian Shaw can do with an actual roster of quality players. It’s still a challenge for them in a deep West, but last season the Nuggets never had a chance with so many players out.

  1. ghostpong - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Good for him.. Kid has heart and hustle.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I can’t see the Nugs making this roster work. In my mind they’re gonna be the next team to blow it all up. They’ll have to build through the draft and I think they should start now. Maybe keep Faried but then look to jettison Lawson, Gallo and Hickson to willing teams for some of those picks in the 7-20 range. I could see the Lakers giving up 7 for Ty? Gallo and Fournier for the Bulls’ picks? I’m throwing out ideas here

    • bougin89 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Trading high lottery picks for guys who are now getting paid is bad for business, especially in a draft as deep as this one.

      The Lakers could potentially get Marcus Smart or Julius Randle at #7. They’ll be impact players(at least we think so) on the cheap for the next 4 years. That’s the kind of guys that give you flexibility to rebuild your team. Ty Lawson doesn’t give you that.

      • mazblast - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Which is exactly why some of us want the Lakers to trade the pick.

      • bougin89 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Lol, you got me there.

    • vapor54 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      saint – agree somewhat but Lawson shouldn’t be traded

  3. aldavisfortytime - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    It’s so sad to see what’s happening with the Nuggets. If the ownership wasn’t so terrible they could be in the cusp of being a great team right now.

    Go back in time, don’t fire Karl and don’t let Masai go. Iguodala would still be on the team, and maybe you’d be taken seriously in the Kevin Love talks.

    Having Lawson, Iggy, Gallo, and Love would make for a great team. Too bad Josh Kroenke has no idea what he’s doing.

  4. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Robinson can flat out ball. Wish he was on my team.

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