The possibility of Nate Robinson returning to the Celtics on a new contract appeared highly remote three months ago, when he had played himself into Doc Rivers’ doghouse.
A late-season and playoff resurrection, however, brought Robinson back into the good graces of Rivers and Friday morning, Robinson agreed to return to the Celtics with a two-year contract, according to an NBA source.
Robinson Tweeted today that he was headed back to “Beantown” and the Celtics desperately needed youth and some relief for starting point guard Rajon Rondo. Robinson finally appeared to understand Rivers’ system during the postseason and flourished during the NBA Finals.
There was one sticking point about Robinson’s contract. He was guaranteed a $1 million bonus if he played in 58 regular season games and needed 28 appearances with the Celtics to reach that mark. He made 26 appearances and Robinson’s representatives wondered whether the Celtics purposely held Robinson out of two late-season games to prevent him from earning the bonus.
The Celtics added a second year to the contract as a concession for Robinson, who averaged 6.5 points and shot 40 percent from the field during the regular season.