Sometimes I just want to throw my phone at the wall. Then I realize that’s probably not the best idea. So instead I complain to my wife, which she hates, and then she complains to me about me complaining to her. It’s a lose-lose situation. So I’ve decided to take the 300-600 words in this article to try and address my readers without offending them. So here it goes. Not offering Nate Robinson a bigger contract is a business decision and a business decision only.
Nate Robinson is easy to fall in love with. He plays with high energy and tons of emotion. He scores points in bunches (well, sometimes) and he interacts with his fans via Twitter and Instagram (as fans we love those things ). And as fans it’s our job to put our emotions into the game and its players. We fall in love with players and overreact to contract negotiations. Chicagoans in particular do a great job at that.
Management, on the other hand, has a different job. Their job is to not fall in love with players. What many fans fail to recognize is that the sports industry is a business. A very lucrative business. And in order to make smart business decisions management has to throw their emotions out the window.
Nate Robinson signed on with the Chicago Bulls as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. His contract was for a little over $1.1 million with only 450k guaranteed. Thankfully, for both fans and the organization, they decided to pick up the rest of his contract as of January 2nd of this year. What a bargain! He led this team of overpaid mediocre players in scoring in the playoffs. Not Deng (13 million), who to be fair, was out. Not Boozer (13.5 million). And not Noah (11 million). But little Nate Robinson.
The Bulls will gladly sign Robinson back with a contract comparable to his last. The problem is that Robinson has seemingly priced himself out of a Bulls uniform. The Chicago Bulls’ salary cap issues are well documented so I won’t waste the space. That means they will be filling their bench with veteran minimum contracts and bargain players to benefit them financially. So if you are expecting a big free agent splash, you will be disappointed. The Bulls won’t be able to do that until Boozer and Deng’s money are off the books.
The Bulls are trying to get themselves financially stable for the future and prime of Derrick Rose’s career. Overpaying for Nate Robinson is simply a bad business decision. It will keep the Bulls in a luxury tax, which means they’ll continue to pay a dollar-for-dollar fee for every cent they go over the cap.
At 28 years old, Nate Robinson played in all 82 games and averaged 13 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds in twenty five minutes. Robinson’s ability to start or come off the bench and score points will earn him a raise next season. But will he take the money and leave Chicago? Or will he listen to the pleas of his fans on Twitter and Instagram to stay? Personally, I think Nate Robinson will take the path of most athletes and go with the money. But I hope he proves me wrong.
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