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Nate Robinson Not Returning To The Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 8, 2011

Thunder guard Nate Robinson will not report to training camp and is expected to soon part ways with the team.

Robinson’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, said Thursday night that Robinson will remain in his native Seattle while the two sides search for a solution.

“They don’t plan on using him in their rotation, and we wanted to see if we could find a better opportunity somewhere else,” Goodwin said.

The Thunder could agree to a buyout with Robinson, trade him or use the amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement. It’s unlikely that the Thunder will amnesty Robinson, however, because the team is under the salary cap and Robinson is scheduled to be paid a relatively inexpensive $4.5 million this season. The Thunder could hold onto its one-time amnesty option to use on a larger deal later so long as it was signed prior to July 1, 2011.

Robinson arrived in Oklahoma City in the trade that sent Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins. The 5-foot-5 point guard immediately became a fan favorite but was banished to the bench when he was squeezed out of coach Scott Brooks’ rotation.

Robinson played only four regular season games with the Thunder, averaging 3.3 points and 1.5 assists in 7.5 minutes.

If Robinson is waived, the Thunder will have 12 players under contract. Rookie Reggie Jackson is expected to be signed as early as Friday afternoon. Restricted free agent Daequan Cook is waiting for a contract extension as well.

-DM-

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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