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Report: Denver Nuggets nearing deal to send Nate Robinson back to Boston for Jameer Nelson

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson


Nate Robinson played 81 games for the Celtics in 2010 and 2011, having some big playoff moments along side Glen Davis — Shrek and Donkey — and becoming a fan favorite. Which happens everywhere he lands.

It’s just not the same with the coaches, so Robinson lands a lot of places.

Robinson appears to be on the move again, soon heading back to Boston from Denver, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, with Adrian Wojnarowski adding details..

There has to be a pick going to Boston as well — and Celtics GM Danny Ainge is collecting those — because Jameer Nelson is a better player than Robinson.

The Celtics may buy Robinson out, Sam Amick of the USA Today reports.

Robinson, at age 30 and coming off an ACL injury last year, has struggled this season in Denver. He is playing barely 14 minutes a game and is shooting just 34.9 percent. He was an energetic scorer off the bench but there are questions about if the ACL injury took away the athletic edge he needed. He’s never brought much defense to the table.

Jameer Nelson was a solid pick-and-roll point guard who also is struggling this season. He started the season with the Mavericks but was sent to Boston as part of the Rajon Rondo trade. There he is shooting just 22 percent for Celtics. Denver may feel that a change of scenery will help his play in the short term.

Clearly Denver has decided that they are not making the playoffs out West and it’s time to switch up this roster — Timofey Mozgov is now in Cleveland, Wilson Chandler is getting shopped, and now Robinson is on his way out the door. The Nuggets are going into rebuild mode.

Which is where the Celtics already are, but apparently they’d consider one more go around with Robinson.