View Full Version : Golden State Warriors set to sign Nate Robinson

01-04-2012, 12:55 AM
PHOENIX -- With coach Mark Jackson's three best players missing action and the reserves struggling to provide consistent offense, the Warriors are opting to add some bench scoring punch.
The team is close to signing free-agent guard Nate Robinson to a one-year deal, according to multiple sources.
Robinson, 27, won't be with the team in time for Wednesday's game at San Antonio. But Golden State is hoping power forward David Lee will be after he fell ill and spent Monday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He watched practice Tuesday at US Airways Center and flew with the team to Texas.
Lee said he feels much better after being treated and resting.
"I've never felt so terrible my entire life," said Lee, who is officially listed as questionable. "I'm not going to be 100 percent tomorrow, but I can go out there and contribute."
While the Warriors prepare to take on the Spurs on Wednesday, Robinson will take his physical in Oakland. If all goes well, he'll sign and join the team in Los Angeles in advance of Friday's game at the Lakers.
Robinson fills out the Warriors roster at 15, meaning the team won't have to release anyone. He figures to bring energy, scoring, toughness and experience off the bench.
Jackson has been searching for reliable contributions, especially behind starting guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Currently, Jackson's options are rookies Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins and second-year guard Ish Smith.
Thompson was expected to give the Warriors instant offense, one of the reasons Golden State let Reggie Williams walk. But before knocking down two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Monday at Phoenix, he hadn't shown much offensive prowess.
Jackson has used fourth-year swingman Brandon Rush at shooting guard. But while Jackson loves his defense and energy, Rush has been inconsistent on offense (12 points against the Clippers, five against Chicago, 19 against New York, four versus Philadelphia, 13 at Phoenix).
Simply put, Golden State needs more offensive punch off the bench.
"Right now, it's not like we have eight guys who are playing great that says 'keep me in the game' with the way that they're playing," Jackson said before word of the Robinson deal emerged. "But it will play itself out."
For his career, Robinson averages 11.3 points in 23 minutes. The Seattle native spent a year at James Logan High in Union City.
Before Robinson gained national fame by winning three slam-dunk contests despite being just 5-foot-9, he made a name for himself as a super-sub with the New York Knicks. In his best season, 2008-09, he averaged 17.2 points in 29.9 minutes.
When he's on his game, Robinson -- who starred in basketball and football at the University of Washington -- also brings toughness and physicality in the backcourt.
But he has lost some luster the past couple of years. He clashed with Mike D'Antonio in New York and wound up traded to Boston.
His minutes declined under Celtics coach Doc Rivers -- last season he appeared in 55 games, averaging 7.1 points in 17.9 minutes -- and in February he was traded to Oklahoma City.
With the Thunder, Robinson barely got off the bench, totaling 30 minutes in four regular-season appearances, and 12 total playoff minutes. On Dec. 24, the Thunder announced it was waiving Robinson, who was set to make $4.5 million this season.


01-04-2012, 12:56 AM
mods please delete did not realise one was already open thanks.