Nate Robinson went from starting for the New Orleans Pelicans to cut in the matter of a few days, as the Pelicans waived the point guard on Thursday.
New Orleans signed Robinson just two weeks ago, and he was thrust into the starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors with Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole injured, plus Jrue Holiday out because it was the first of a back-to-back.
Robinson’s stint as the starter was a disaster. He played 19 minutes, had zero points and committed five fouls while Stephen Curry went nuts. Backup point guard Ish Smith had 17 points and nine assists in the loss, so Smith took Robinson’s spot in the rotation against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Robinson played just four minutes, and his NBA career is now in grave danger.
With Robinson gone and the Pelicans still needing guard depth, ESPN’s Marc Stein says the team is looking at bringing back veteran guard Toney Douglas. The 29-year-old played 12 games in New Orleans last season.