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After losing out to the Memphis Grizzlies on signing free agent Tony Allen this past week, the Boston Celtics are close to finalizing a deal with back-up point guard Nate Robinson. Robinson, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has expressed a strong desire to return to the Celtics once again. The three-time slam dunk champion was originally acquired from the New York Knicks, along with Marcus Landry, at the trade deadline this past season in a deal that sent Eddie House, J.R. Giddens, and Bill Walker from Beantown to the Big Apple.
Robinson averaged 10.1 points and 2.9 assists per game for both the Knicks and the Celtics. With just the Celtics, Robinson averaged 6.5 points and 2.0 assists per game in 26 games this past season. While not the greatest ball handler in terms of moving the ball around, Robinson can score off the bench and score fast, a feat that the Celtics will need from their bench this season in order to compete with the new-look the Eastern Conference.
Robinson was a key player against the Orlando Magic in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as he managed to score 13 points in 13 minutes in place of the injured Rajon Rondo. Doc Rivers claimed that Nate would win a playoff game for the team, and he did it that night against Orlando.
The question with the possible re-signing of Robinson is how will he fit into the Celtics current plan. Rajon Rondo is already the starting point guard and the Celtics just drafted Texas Longhorn Avery Bradley, who is also a point guard. Robinson will look to be Rondo’s back-up with the possibility of moving Bradley over to one of Ray Allen’s back-ups. If the Celtics can wrap up this deal they will look at another great second unit this season with Glen Davis, Jermaine O’Neal (after Kendrick Perkins has returned) and Nate Robinson headlining. Perhaps we will see Nate defend his slam dunk title in a Celtics jersey this year.