Sources confirmed on Monday that PG Nate Robinson will sign with the Denver Nuggets. The contract is a two-year deal worth just over $4 million. The deal will involve bi-annual salary cap exception, so the Nuggets will evade larger cap penalties than if they didn't use the exception. Despite an impressive postseason last year, the market for Robinson could not get him more than $2 million a year, which is a bit surprising.
The 29-year-old guard averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 assists and 24.4 minutes in 82 games last season for the Chicago Bulls.
For Nuggets fans unfamiliar with his game, a mix between Earl Boykins and J.R. Smith would not be a terrible comparison. The five-foot-nine undersized speedster can score from just about anywhere. Whether it's draining bombs from downtown or flying to the rim, he can do it all. In fact, Nate Robinson is a three time Slam Dunk champion. He may be most remember for dunking over seven-foot Dwight Howard in the 2009 All-Star festivities.
After the departure of G Andre Iguadola and C Kosta Koufos, the Nuggets have attained F Darrell Arthur, G Randy Foye, F JJ Hickson, and now G Nate Robinson. It is pretty evident the front office felt they did not have enough shooters on the team. Through free agency and trades, they certainly improved in that category this offseason. The additions of Hickson and Arthur add two big men that can hit a mid range jumper, something Denver did not have on their roster at all last year. The additions of Foye and Robinson will give the Nuggets two guys that can hit three pointers on a consistent basis. Both shot over 40% from behind the arc last season. For a team that ranked 25th in three point percentage, the Nuggets could use all the three point help they can get.
It is unclear whether the Nuggets are now done making moves this offseason, but with the recent acquisitions, they should make for a formidable opponent in the Western Conference in 2013-2014.
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