Nate Robinson Says He Won’t Be Back With Chicago Bulls Next Season

May 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) shoots over Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) in the first half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The first domino of the Chicago Bulls’ offseason has fallen, as Nate Robinson announced in a post on Instagram that he will not be returning to Chicago next season.

Robinson signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum last July after the Bulls gutted their bench and decided they weren’t comfortable with rookie Marquis Teague backing up Kirk Hinrich at the point until Derrick Rose’s return. Originally intended to be little more than a bench scorer, Nate ended up playing a much larger role than expected when Hinrich kept getting hurt and Rose’s return never materialized.

While Nate was undeniably productive and one of the best bargains in the league, his departure was essentially inevitable. The Bulls are capped out and thus could only re-sign Robinson if they offered him a portion of their mini mid-level exception, which would hamstring any efforts to sign any other free agents. Furthermore, Robinson figures to command more on the open marke than the Bulls would be willing and/or able to pay.

Oh, and there’s that thing where the Bulls already have three point guards under contract for next season. That probably didn’t help anything.

Anyway, bon voyage to you, Nate. Thanks for the memories.

Topics: Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Nate Robinson, NBA

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  • Riki

    i don’t know about anyone else but i thought he deserved to stay in chi-town

    • Mike Gilbert

      doesn’t matter if he deserved it, the Bulls already have Rose, Butler, Hinrich and Teague…where does Nate fit in?

  • Frank Justice

    Nate will always be a Bulls in the hearts of the fans. He gave it his all playing for a short-handed team decimated by injuries, and for that we offer him our thanks.

  • Shariff

    Bulls is my heart and souls however, if for some reason it doesn’t work out, we would love to have you here at the Grind-house Nate! Be a GRIZZ!!! We can definitely use your offensive power :)

  • chubb

    Come to LA! Be a laker!

  • Pat

    Nate, Thanks for keeping the Bulls exciting this year. You kept our spirits up during the never ending saga that was the Derrick Rose return watch. You display a ton of heart on the Basketball Court, and for that effort all Basketball fans should be greatful. I for one will root for you wherever you land (as long as its not with the Heat) and not when you are playing against our Bulls. Good Luck on a great 2013-2014 season!