Nate Robinson Re-Signs with Celtics
Nate Robinson, once considered a hot head and a team liability despite is tremendous talent, might not have been on the Celtics to do list this free agent season. However, things change and today, Robinson finds himself back with the Green Team after inking a two-year contract extension worth $9 million with performance bonuses, the Boston Globe reported.
After a couple of years of uncertainty, Robinson has a couple of years of security on a team and in a system he will be familiar with.
Robinson was acquired from the Knicks along with Marcus Landry for J.R. Giddens, Eddie House and Bill Walker. During the playoffs, he emerged in the postseason and was a capable backup to Rajon Rondo.
The first highlight of the year for Robinson was in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Orlando Magic when he scored 13 points with two rebounds and two assists in a 96-84 win. The second big spotlight game for Robinson was in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, when he teamed with Glen Davis to combine for 30 points in a 96-89 win over the Lakers.
With Tony Allen's departure to the Grizzlies, Robinson will more than likely fill that role in terms of minutes played.
Robinson was only eligible to earn 120 percent of his $4 million salary and the Celtics conceded and added another year to the contract. The Globe reported that Robinson was annoyed that he fell two games short of a $1 million bonus for playing in 58 regular-season games.
He needed 28 appearances after coming to Boston and made 26, missing two of the team’s final seven games. Of course, the timing calls into question whether the team held him out purposely to keep from paying the bonus and the additional luxury tax it could create.