Nate Robinoson, the Diminutive Dunker, is close to re-signing with the Boston Celtics. (Boston Herald)
Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Nate Robinson, said yesterday the two sides could reach a deal by the end of the week.
“Things are going well,” Goodwin said. “We’re just trying to get something worked out. But both parties are talking.”
Unlike they had with Allen, the C’s don’t hold the so-called “Larry Bird rights” to Robinson, and as a result, can’t go over the salary cap to give their backup point guard more money.
I’m almost positive Mark Murphy is wrong about the amount the Celtics can pay Robinson. I’m pretty sure the Celtics can offer Robinson as much as $4.8 million in salary next season, due to a salary exception called the non-Bird exception. Then again, Salary Cap for Dummies can only help if you read it correctly… and reading that stuff is like reading a physics textbook.
P.S. – Leandro Barbosa is now off the table and Murphy reports that Rudy Fernandez seems to be out of the question:
Portland guard Rudy Fernandez was thought to be another target, though talks between the Blazers and C’s appear to have fallen apart.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” a league official said. “That deal came and went.”
Why, again, didn’t the Celtics re-sign Tony Allen? They’ve GOT to have a plan, no? I’m still not convinced they do, though. Consider Danny Ainge guilty until proven innocent.