Posted: Monday July 30, 2012 7:53PM ; Updated: Tuesday July 31, 2012 7:14PM
Sam Amick

Robinson joins Hinrich in Bulls' backcourt

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The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday announced the signing of point guard Nate Robinson, a move first revealed to by Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin.

The deal will likely pay the eight-year veteran the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million for next season. Robinson, who regained his form as a reserve for Golden State last season after playing just four games in the second half of the 2010-11 campaign with Oklahoma City, will join veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich in the Bulls' Derrick Rose-less backcourt after his recent return. Hinrich, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal last week with the Bulls, spent his first seven seasons in Chicago before he was traded to Washington in June 2010 and later traded to Atlanta in Feb. 2011.

None of which fill the huge void left by Rose, the 2010-11 MVP who tore his ACL in Game 1 of the first-round against Philadelphia on April 28 and, according to the Chicago Tribune, is likely out until March. Still, Robinson will provide some offensive punch for a team that now needs all the help it can get.

Robinson, the 5-foot-9 guard who is still best known for his three All-Star Slam Dunk Contest championships, averaged 11.2 points (42.4 percent shooting overall), 23.5 minutes, 1.2 steals and a career-high 4.5 assists per game with Golden State last season. Chicago is the 28-year-old's fifth team since the 2009-10 campaign after he played previously with New York, Boston, Oklahoma City, and the Warriors.
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