Sunday, July 26, 2009
From Yahoo Sports:
Nate Robinson is close to signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the New York Knicks, a source with knowledge of the talks said Saturday. The deal is expected to be finalized early this week.
Robinson, a restricted free agent, was courted by Greek team Olympiakos. He averaged a career-best 17.2 points and 4.1 assists in 74 games with the Knicks last season. New York, which nearly traded Robinson to Sacramento midway through the season, is trying to preserve as much salary-cap room as possible for the 2010 free-agent class.
Why is it that the Knicks can even sit down with Nate Robinson and consider a $5 million agreement, but leave David Lee in the dark? David Lee being a far superior, All-Star level player.
Lee is a top forward and wants to be in New York. Nate is a lower level talent that has expressed interest in being away from NY. Get D. Lee signed and move forward.
It's not even really the fact that Robinson is coming back that gets me heated. It's the fact that Robinson could have been signed to his qualifying offer worth under $3 million. He was painted into a corner, to the point where he had no other choice but to take his qualifying offer. Either that or he left, which is something Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni wouldn't mind. But where does the extra $2 million come from? Why is it there?
Thank goodness for Alan Hahn. He just dropped my blood pressure a little with this tweet:
Hit the brakes on the Nate/signing story. I'm hearing nothing is immiment.
It better not be. Not at that figure.