Agent Says Ball in Boston's Court in Pursuit of Nate Robinson
That's how Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Celtics free-agent point guard Nate Robinson, says matters stand now.
While Robinson has said he has interest in returning to Boston and Goodwin spoke again of that interest in an interview Tuesday with FanHouse, the agent said it's a deal that has to be right.
"We're still talking and trying to move to where it makes sense,'' Goodwin said. "They can work (something out).''
Goodwin said the Celtics have yet to make an offer on Robinson, who gave up his Bird rights when he agreed to be traded last February from New York. The Celtics, though, can pay him up 120 percent of his $5 million salary for last season, which is $6 million.
The Celtics have few other funds to use on a backup point guard for Rajon Rondo if they don't bring back Robinson. So that gives some bargaining power to Robinson, who also has been looking at Chicago and Miami.
Goodwin also represents Orlando free-agent swingman Matt Barnes, who opted out of a contract that would have paid him $1.6 million next season to become a free agent. Many observers believe the signing Tuesday of swingman Quentin Richardson ends the possibility of Barnes going back to Orlando. But Goodwin hasn't completely ruled it out.
"At this point, it's still not out of the question,'' Goodwin said. "We'll see what they want to do.''
Asked Tuesday about the chances of Barnes returning, Magic general manager Otis Smith told FanHouse's Tim Povtak, "We have options.''
Smith said last week he's not interested in overpaying for Barnes, who also is looking at Miami and Cleveland. With Richardson now with Orlando, that certainly doesn't help Barnes' bargaining power. But more will be known when the Magic decides by the end of the week whether to match a three-year, $19 million offer sheet put down by Chicago on guard J.J. Redick.
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