Nate Robinson to workout with Xinjiang Flying Tigers

According to sources familiar with the situation, Nate Robinson is on his way to China for a workout with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. Traditionally, when a team flies a player out for an individual workout it means they are in the final stages of signing the player to a contract.

The last time Nate Robinson appeared in an NBA game was on October 28, 2015, where he played four minutes for the New Orleans Pelicans in a 112-94 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The next day, Robinson would be released from the team. In his ten year NBA career, Robinson made nearly $25 million.

As for the Xinjiang flying Tigers, they are in a good spot. The “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” law is certainly not in effect. Nothing is really broken in Xinjiang. In fact, they are currently in first place.

Andray Blatche remains their best player, but former Los Angeles Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock has been playing consistent basketball all season long. If Nate Robinson were to sign in Xinjiang, he would be replace Goudelock who is averaging 20 points per game.

Again, these are all just speculations and rumors. But if it were true, the CBA would immediately become even more popular with the arrival of a 3x NBA slam dunk champion.


January 7, 2015: Nate Robinson updates his instagram saying how hard it’s going to be to say goodbye to his family. This shows that he’s going to be gone for quite sometime to place far, far away (china?).

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January 9, 2015: A Hong Kong hoops fan spots Nate Robinson in Hong Kong where foreign players usually go to get their Chinese visas.


January 13, 2015: Received confirmation from Chinese source saying Nate Robinson is in Xinjiang working out with the team.

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