Nate Robinson wants back into the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers need a point guard. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? But the Cavaliers haven’t reached out to the 5’9 guard and he doesn’t know why.
“Yeah, but I don't understand why they wouldn't hit me up,” Robinson said in a Dec. 15 interview with Hypebeast. “I don't know why they don't like me, man. I'm the most hated.”
Robinson, an 11-year NBA vet, last tried out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who opted to sign Westchester Knicks guard Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract instead. The 32-year-old point guard feels he still has a lot of basketball left in the tank.
“I’m just going to wait and see if other teams want to give me a chance, and if not, I’ll go overseas,” he said. “Because I know I can help a team. What I bring to the table, I can help a lot of teams in the league.”
Robinson enjoyed the heyday of his NBA career averaging 17.2 points and 4.1 assists per game off the bench for the New York Knicks. But that was the 2008-09 season.
He has since played on seven different teams and last appeared with the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract last season. He did not score in his two games with the team but reiterated he wants to continue his basketball career, be it in the NBA or overseas.
“Either Europe or China. I’ll hopefully sign something in the next couple of weeks and get out of here. I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m excited to play basketball, no matter where I’m playing. And I got six or seven more years I want to play.
“I’d play on any team: Philly, Cleveland, Thunder, even the Warriors need scoring off the bench. I’ll go anywhere, it doesn’t matter.”
Cleveland recently dealt its backup point guard, Mo Williams, in a trade that landed sharpshooter Kyle Korver. The only other point guard on roster is rookie Kay Felder, so it makes sense for the defending champs to add a backup, Robinson or not.
Several other teams, including the Kings and Trail Blazers, could use a veteran backup point guard.
Or maybe the most fitting solution is a reunion with his old Knicks team (18-24) that could use a boost and veteran presence on the bench.