Injury-Plagued New Orleans Pelicans Gives High-Flying PG Nate Robinson A Non-Guaranteed Contract
High-flying point guard Nate Robinson recently inked out a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. The non-guaranteed contract for a veteran’s minimum ($1M+) was a reasonable signing for the Pelicans as their roster has been plagued with injuries especially in the playmaker position. Read on for more details.
According to Bleacher Report, the 31-year-old former University of Washington prodigy will help fill up the void of starting point guard Jrue Holiday. He is expected to play controlled minutes for this season due to an intermittent leg injury. Former Miami Heat PG Norris Cole who was dealt with the Pelicans in a three-team trade last February also earlier suffered a high ankle sprain.
“With Holiday on a minutes restriction and Cole injured, there are major PG concerns for NOP. Evans could fill if needed but still a concern,” a former NBA executive explained.
The Times-Picayune reported that the Pelicans prior to the Cole injury began with a rickety start in basketball training camp due to a debacle in both centers Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca. The 7’0 who plays the starting five spot is out for three weeks due to a strained right calf injury. Ajinca a backup center pulled his right hamstring during the Pelicans opening preseason match with the Indiana Pacers last Oct. 3, 2015. He is expected to be sidelined for more than a month. To further add to the stockpile, last Monday night’s match against the Chicago Bulls was missed by Eric Gordon due to back spasms.
Former Golden States Warrior assistant coach Alvin Gentry now in his first year with the Pelicans was all encouragement despite the worsening situation, “As I said to the guys, we don’t have any excuses”.’
Robinson was a three-time slam-dunk champion during his tenure with the New York Knicks in the mid-2000. The 13-year veteran last showed off his wares for the Los Angeles Clippers last March 2015 fueled by a 10-day contract as cited by NBC Sports.
In 14-minutes of hard court action, Robinson averaged 5.1 points and 2.2. assists. However, the University of Washington standout signing to the Clippers became premature as the management became concerned of as a sore left knee forced Robinson to sit it out against a game against the New York Knicks.
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