Robinson wants to return, wouldn't mind Knicks

Robinson wants to return, wouldn't mind Knicks
June 1, 2013, 11:45 pm
Mark Strotman

The Bulls are likely to have a quiet offseason given their salary-cap situation, meaning the future of Nate Robinson in the Windy City is in real jeopardy.

His agent, however, commented that Robinson's first choice is to stay in Chicago.

"Nate's first thought would be to remain with the Bulls, but if the Knicks' opportunity presented itself, I am sure he would appreciate an opportunity to play in New York again," Aaron Goodwin told ESPNNewYork.com.

The 29-year-old Robinson signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Bulls last year. He averaged a modest 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in the regular season, and had a handful of memorable performances for the short-handed Bulls in the playoffs, averaging 16.3 points in nearly 34 minutes in Chicago's series against the Nets and Heat.

Whether Goodwin is serious about his client's interest in the Bulls or simply giving the standard comments for any impending free agent, the Bulls could use Robinson if the price is right.

Though they will have a healthy Derrick Rose manning the point, and Kirk Hinrich signed on for another year--not to mention rookie Marquis Teague will have another year under his belt--Robinson made his importance known as a scoring threat in the backcourt. With Jimmy Butler the long off-the-ball guard expected to return next season it's an area of need. Robinson likely would have to take a serious discount to stay in Chicago, but if his agent is telling the truth then it's something "Mr. Excitement" wants to get done.

Robinson spent his first four-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks, where he enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2008-09, averaging 17.2 points and 4.1 assists.