After signing Kirk Hinrich to fill in as the starting point guard while Derrick Rose recovers from a torn ACL, the Chicago Bulls turned their attention toward finding a backup for Hinrich. They seemed to find one Monday when the organization was reportedly putting the final touches on an agreement with free agent Nate Robinson.
Sports Illustrated first reported that Robinson’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, told the outlet that Robinson will sign with Chicago soon “barring unforeseen problems.” While there has been no official announcement, a deal between both parties appears imminent.
Robinson has averaged 11.2 points and 2.8 assists over seven NBA seasons with four teams. The 28-year-old put up 11.2 points and 4.5 assists per game a season ago for the Golden State Warriors. Best known for winning three slam dunk contests, he has been regarded across the league as a more than capable scorer – having also proven he can put up big numbers under the right circumstances – but the defensive end is where he’s been seen as a liability by some observers.
Robinson also played under Tom Thibodeau in Boston during the second half of the 2009-10 season.
If Robinson is indeed brought aboard, he will play behind Hinrich while serving as a sparkplug off the Bulls’ revamped bench. It is expected that Robinson will ink a one-year contract worth the veteran’s minimum – the same deal that the Bulls had offered to John Lucas III, who rejected it and recently signed with the Toronto Raptors.