Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni “doesn’t want him there and is not going to play him,” said Aaron Goodwin, Robinson’s agent. “And we do not want him to rot on D'Antoni's bench like [Stephon] Marbury.”
Robinson is averaging 10.9 points and 22 minutes in 12 games, but hasn’t played since Dec. 1. D’Antoni has denied he has a personal rift with Robinson, saying this week he would even play “Satan” if it would help the Knicks win.
With the Knicks struggling to make a shot in the third quarter of a recent loss to the Chicago Bulls, D’Antoni kept Robinson on the bench. Goodwin said it was the strongest indication yet that Robinson doesn’t have a future in New York.
“D’Antoni did not even look Nate's way, which … sent a clear message to me that he had no intention to play Nate Robinson anytime soon,” Goodwin wrote in an email to Yahoo! Sports. “Nate, despite whatever shortcomings coach D’Antoni may think that he has, is not Satan, but can clearly score.”
Robinson signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Knicks in the summer and can veto any trade.
The Sacramento Kings had long liked Robinson, and even came close to pulling off a trade for him at the February deadline. Yet Saturday night, a league source familiar with Kings plans said it was "highly doubtful" the team would pursue a trade for him.
- Aaron Goodwin
- Nate Robinson