Nate Robinson, one of the most popular players in University of Washington basketball history, is reportedly headed to the Denver Nuggets after he agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports and USA Today.com. The Nuggets reportedly will use their biannual exception and the deal will include a player option for 2014.
Robinson, a third-team All-America in 2005 when the Huskies earned a No. 1 seed to the NCAA Tournament, played last season for the Chicago Bulls as a fill-in for the injured Derrick Rose. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists and stepped up his game during the playoffs when he averaged 16.3 points and 4.4 assists. He appeared in all 82 of Chicago’s games and made a career-high 40.5 percent of his 3-point shots.
The Nuggets will be Robinson’s sixth NBA team. He began his career as a first-round pick by Phoenix (traded to New York) in 2005, and played for the Knicks through 2009. He later played for the Celtics (2009-11), Oklahoma City (2010-11), Golden State (2011-12) and Chicago.
Robinson is a three-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion who scored a career-high 45 points for the Knicks against Portland March 8, 2008.
In Chicago’s 109-95 win over Brooklyn in the deciding game of their playoff series last spring, Robinson scored 34 points, 29 of them in the fourth quarter and overtime. That tied the best performance by an NBA player for most points after the third quarter in the last 15 years.
If George Karl was still in Denver I wonder if the Nuggets would have still signed Nate?