New York Knicks Rumors: Nate Robinson open to return to Big Apple

It’s no secret that the New York Knicks need to find a better solution to their point guard problems.

Could that solution come in the form of a familiar face?

ESPN’s Jared Zwerling has reported that according to his agent Aaron Goodwin, Nate Robinson would be open to a return to New York.

May 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) during the second half against the Miami Heat in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 94-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the feeling could be mutual if the price was right.

“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,” he told

Robinson played four and a half seasons in New York before being dealt to the Boston Celtics in 2010. During his time with the Knicks, he averaged 12.5 points, 2.8 assists and nearly one steal in about 25 minutes per game.

However his best moments as an NBA player may have come during this postseason when he led the shorthanded Chicago Bulls into the second round of the playoffs. Robinson took the reins at starting point guard and averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 assists and one steal in 12 postseason games.

The Knicks need to get younger at the point guard position and while Robinson wouldn’t exactly help with that problem, he would present an upgrade to a second unit who currently is lacking a quality floor general.

Robinson showed the ability this season to not only score the ball but also showed quality patience and decision making skills while running the Bulls attack.

However his playoff heroics may have priced himself out of a potential return to the Big Apple.

Robinson earned $1.1 million last season in Chicago and could potentially sign a deal that could earn him in the $4-5 million range. The Knicks do have a taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.18 million to spend, but that may not be enough to land Robinson.

Even if Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni return, the Knicks will look to get younger at the position.

That could come from the likes of Aaron Brooks (team option); Will Bynum, A.J. Price and Sebastian Telfair or they could target a young point guard during June’s NBA Draft.

Either way the possibilities of adding Robinson are at least intriguing as he is the most affordable quality point guard on the market.

Whether the Knicks can afford him is another story altogether.

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Topics: Chicago Bulls, Nate Robinson, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks, New York Knicks Rumors

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