Former Kentucky guard Marquis Teague has a new teammate and potential tutor as the Chicago Bulls sign Nate Robinson to deal.
The Chicago Bulls, looking to bolster its point guard predicament after Derrick Rose's knee injury last year, and who picked Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague with the 29th selection in this year's NBA Draft, have signed former University of Washington point guard Nate Robinson. Last year for Golden State, the diminutive point guard averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists per contest in 51 games.
Robinson has played with several NBA clubs, including Oklahoma City (who early in the 2012 season traded Robinson to Golden State), Boston, and a four-and-a-half season stretch with the New York Knicks (2005-2010). Robinson was traded to Boston midway through the 2010 season. The 5-foot-9 guard's best season occurred in the Big Apple in the 2009 season when he averaged 17.2 points and 4.1 assists per contest.
This is most likely a good thing for Teague. Not having the pressure and expectations of being a prime time performer in his rookie year should allow Teague the time to relax and learn the NBA game in his own time. And playing with Robinson, 6-foot-4 combo guard Kirk Hinrich (who was signed by the Bulls last week), along with the tutoring of former John Calipari player DRose, should be a great benefit for Cal's latest one-and-done point guard.