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Nate might file a grievance

RedsArmyAdmin May 8, 2010 Uncategorized 6 Comments

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From the Globe, via Slam

Robinson’s agent, Aaron
Goodwin
, facilitated the deal with the Celtics in hopes of
getting his client that additional $1 million. Now his representatives
are attempting to determine whether the $1 million the Celtics saved
prevented them from exceeding the NBA luxury tax, which would cost the
team $2 million for surpassing $71 million in player salaries.

Robinson spent the final two weeks of the
season in coach Doc Rivers’s doghouse and he and Marquis
Daniels
were taken out of the rotation in early April. If the
Celtics’ salary cap at the end of the season is close to approaching the
luxury tax, Robinson’s representatives could file a grievance with the
league that could potentially force the Celtics to pay Robinson the
bonus.

I'm going to take a stab at what happened here:

The Celtics got Nate for the obvious intention of helping the team.  When it started to become clear that he wasn't going to be in the playoff rotation, the C's figured they might as well sit him and forgo paying him the extra $1 mil (which would be $2 because of the luxury tax). 

That's a total guess… but I wouldn't put it past any team to try and save itself $2 mil rather than pay it out to a guy who'd be getting garbage minutes.

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  • larry

    which one begs to ask the question..why would you pick up nate and q if your just going to sit them on the bench.!!to me , that’s a form of humiliation.!!i know the nba is a business, but to me it makes no sense.!!

  • N0sh

    Shit, I might file a grievance after watching Game 3.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5d11970c Tim (FD)

    Didn’t someone post that theory a couple of days ago?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Did someone? I don’t know… I didn’t see it. It’s not a far-fetched theory… I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s thought of that.

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    Wonder what happened to that ‘He’s going to win a playoff game for us.” talk.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5d11970c Tim (FD)

    I think I might have read it on another site…
    Anyways… Do you guys have a suite for every playoff game? Let me know what number it is if you do, I’ll stop by at halftime to say Hi. I’m in the Premium Club anyways so I’ll have access.