Guard Nate Robinson has been waived by the Pelicans. Appearing in just two games for New Orleans, Robinson averaged 2.0 assists and 0.5 steals. With the return of guard Jrue Holiday to the lineup, Robinson's role would've been very restricted had the team kept him around.
Robinson will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's season opener against the Warriors, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo reports. Jrue Holiday is being held out for rest, so Robinson moves into the starting lineup to take his place. With Holiday sitting this game out and reportedly being on a 20-minute restriction for the start of the season, Robinson should continue to get plenty of game action. There's a very good chance Holiday returns for Wednesday's outing with the Trail Blazers, which will then push Robinson back into a bench role.
Robinson collected 18 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), a rebound, and two steals over 26 minutes in Wednesday's 110-107 loss to the Magic. Robinson's recent meteoric rise on the point guard depth chart due to injuries to Tyreke Evans (knee) and Norris Cole (ankle) has landed him as the primary backup to a minutes-restricted Jrue Holiday to start the regular season, meaning that the veteran should be the recipient of a healthy heaping of court time. He enjoyed a productive tune-up for his new expanded role with a very strong night from the field, and particularly from beyond the arc. The 31-year-old had actually put together productive outings in his other two preseason contests prior to Wednesday, but his elevated level of play against the Magic was surely a welcome sight to a Pelicans squad that will count on him rather heavily in the early going of the 2015-16 campaign.
Robinson is in line for unexpected minutes at the onset of the regular season with injuries to Tyreke Evans (knee), Norris Cole (ankle), and a minutes restriction on Jrue Holiday. Currently Robinson and Holiday are the only point guards on the New Orleans roster with legitimate NBA experience, and with Holiday being restricted to just 15 minutes per game until January, Robinson will likely have significant value in the early goings of the 2015-16 campaign. Typically in the past he's proven his ability to score, dish out assists, garner steals, and convert from beyond the arc.
Free agent Nate Robinson is expected to sign with the Pelicans, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Stein reports that the deal is for the one-year veteran's minimum. The 31-year-old Robinson spent time with the Nuggets and Clippers last season, playing a total of 42 games and averaging 14.0 minutes. At this point in his career, he has relatively low upside and will primarily provide depth at point guard.
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