5 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Won’t Miss Nate Robinson

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No Nate, No Problem

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It was announced Monday evening that ex-Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson signed a two-year deal worth about $4 million with the Denver Nuggets, reported by the Denver Post. Robinson was declared a free-agent at the end of his galvanizing 2013 NBA Playoff performance and was never offered a contract by the Bulls.

The Bulls have been expectantly letting their free-agent players explore their options. Chicago has been busy this offseason making moves to finalize a contract extension for Luol Deng. The Bulls had to let Marco Belinelli go to the San Antonio Spurs, waive Rip Hamilton and let Robinson walk to help free up salary cap space.

Most people thought the Bulls would be insane to not re-sign Robinson after he exploded in the NBA Playoffs, providing high energy and play-making. But even with Belinelli, Hamilton and Robinson departing the Windy City, the Bulls back court is still crowded. With young talent like Marquis Teague and Jimmy Butler coming along for the Bulls, there won't be enough minutes to go around.

Robinson provided a lot of reward for the Bulls; he helped them make a run to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. But the 5-foot-9 guard, generously stated, comes with a lot of risk. At times, Robinson is known to take wild and unwarranted shots. He also averaged 3.6 turnovers against the Miami Heat and only shot 33 percent.

The Bulls have made the right moves this offseason, and letting Robinson go will prove to be a good one as well. Here are my five reasons why I believe the Bulls won't take any steps backward without him.

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5. Marquis Teague's Progression

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Marquis Teague has been showing great improvement in his game since the 2013 NBA Summer League started. The former Kentucky guard is making a case as to why he should be the lead guard off of the bench. Teague's progression has made the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau a little more confident that their young talent is ready to play a bigger role.

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4. Kirk Hinrich is Healthy

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Kirk Hinrich battled a calf injury late in the season and missed most of the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Bulls. But now that Hinrich is healthy, he is looking to provide quality minutes off of the bench to back up Jimmy Butler and sometimes Derrick Rose. Hinrich being healthy means quality three-point shooting and ball control. The former Kansas guard is a good perimeter defender as well.

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3. Signing of Mike Dunleavy

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The July 10 signing of Mike Dunleavy made it clear that the Bulls were not going to offer Robinson a contract. With a crowded back court, the signing of Dunleavy solidified him as part of a solid rotation. The 6-foot-9 shooting guard provides a spot up three that was eighth in the NBA last season at 43 percent. When Rose drives to the basket, Dunleavy will be looked to to knock down open jumpers off of drive-and-dish type plays.

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2. Salary Cap Space

Cap Space
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The Bulls wanted to be able to keep Robinson and Belinelli but cap space just wouldn't allow it to happen. Deng is in the last year of his contract; Gar Forman and the Bulls have made it clear that they want to keep him. They are also keeping a little cap cleared in case they can strike a deal to get LeMarcus Aldridge away from Portland. Deng is the biggest priority for the Bulls right now but there are other free-agent role players the Bulls can consider.

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1. The Return of Derrick Rose

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Rose is now 100 percent healthy and 100 percent back in the Bulls starting lineup. Rose has come out publicly to announce that he is full go for the 2013-14 NBA season. Thibodeau has made it clear that Rose will play his usual preseason game minutes. The former, one-and-done, Memphis point guard will bring his leadership, tenacity and scoring back to the winded Bulls, making them an immediate championship contender.



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