May 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) claps to excite the crowd during the second half in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at the United Center. Miami won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Robinson Unlikely to Return to Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson was one of the breakout stars in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, but he will likely be playing for a new team next season. Robinson is set to become a free agent this offseason and Chicago is not expected to re-sign him, despite the fact that he was crucial to their success and he was their one point guard who was willing to play this postseason.

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Luckily for Robinson, he will be able to take that strong postseason performance and turn it in to a nice looking free agent contract when he’s on the open market.

Via Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:

However, with Rose’s expected return next season, Hinrich having another deal on his contract and rookie point guard Marquis Teague needing at least the opportunity to develop in game situations, it’s unlikely that next season will be in Chicago for the instant-offense scorer and fan favorite.

If it was up to Robinson, though, the little man with the big heart would be back in the Windy City.

“I would love to. Honestly, I really would, but knowing the guys we have here, I know it’s probably limited space for me. But we’ll see how it goes. Talk to my agent and stuff like that and figure out what’s the best plan for me,” the loquacious speedster said. “I love this team, I love these guys and if I could stay here, it would be wonderful.”

Bulls fans fell in love with Robinson during his postseason performances, but with their current roster he is not an essential asset. As long as Derrick Rose decides he wants to play next season they will have the necessary depth that will allow them to part ways with Robinson.

During the postseason, Robinson averaged 16.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists,

Whoever signs him will receive a spark off the bench and a player that is always hustling and trying to help his team wherever he can. At an affordable price, that is a valuable asset for a number of teams in the NBA.

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