Nearly one week after Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that Nate Robinson has signed a contract with the NBA D-League, Robinson has now taken the next step in reaching his goal.
The Delaware 87ers have claimed NBA veteran Nate Robinson off waivers, league source tells @DLeagueDigest.
— Adam Johnson (@AdamJNBA) February 8, 2017
You’ve probably read or heard something over the last several weeks about Nate Robinson and his desire to make a comeback to the NBA.
The five-foot-nine big man has been very vocal about his desires to be signed by an NBA team. From commenting on Instagram photos, posting tweets on Twitter, and even uploading some of his workouts to show how hard he’s been working to get in the best possible shape; he’s done all he can to show that he is ready to contribute to any NBA team willing to give him a chance.
Three-time dunk contest champ Nate Robinson is determined to get another shot in the NBA pic.twitter.com/aSKGMCcBf5
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 2, 2017
Robinson last played in the NBA during the first two games of the 2015-16 season with the New Orleans Pelicans before getting waived. He’s since played 14 games with the Hapoel Tel Aviv Israeli basketball team, where he averaged 16.2 points per game, including a 46-point performance during their playoff run last year.
Despite the competition being significantly lesser in Israel than the NBA, that 46-point performance showed that Robinson, even at age 32, still has some solid basketball left in him. If he’s able to show flashes of that, or the Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, or even Denver Nuggets from several years back while in the D-League, even in spurts, NBA teams would have absolutely nothing to lose by at least offering him a 10-day contract. He can be a solid rotation player for teams looking to rest their heavily used starting guards a little more as we approach the All-Star break and into the down-stretch of the regular season.
In a league where effort, energy, and passion can be just as critical to team success as talent, Robinson would provide a ton of those qualities and more to any potential team willing to sign him. Hopefully, he will impress with the 87ers to where it’ll translate to an NBA team taking notice and giving him another chance in the NBA.