Nate Robinson makes plea to LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

By Alex Butler

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- LeBron James is demanding another playmaker to join his Cleveland Cavaliers cast.

His banged up squad is vying to go back-to-back in winning the NBA Finals this postseason, but James is sensing that the Cavaliers need major help at the point guard position.


Enter: Nate Robinson.

The 32-year-old guard hasn't played since 2015, but he jumped to offer his services Tuesday, following the Cavaliers' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

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"Do I gota put my number on ig @kingjames?? Cause I will until you call me lol #holdat," Robinson wrote on Instagram, before deleting the post.

The three-time Slam Dunk champ consistently posts videos on Instagram showing off his remaining skills.

"We need a [expletive] playmaker," James told ESPN's Dave McMenamin Monday, after the Cavs' fifth loss in seven games. "I'm not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn't say that."

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James, a 3-time NBA Finals MVP and 4-time NBA MVP, is playing a league-high 37.5 minutes per game. Kyrie Irving is clocking 35.1 minutes per game.


"I not mad or upset at management cause Griff and staff have done a great job, I just feel we still need to improve in order to repeat...," James tweeted Tuesday.

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"If that's what we wanna do."

James has voiced his concerns to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin. The team currently has DeAndre Liggins and rookie Kay Felder, in addition to Irving, serving as point guards. J.R. Smith is sidelined with a thumb injury.

Stay the course nate rob , all the work @chrishyppa puts you though will pay off one way or another #holdat #facts @champagnepapi


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"I don't know what we got to offer," James told reporters Monday. "I just know me, personally, I don't got no time to waste. I'll be 33 [next] winter, and I ain't got time to waste. That's what I'm talking about."

The Cavaliers have an open roster spot and two small trade exceptions. The trade deadline is Feb. 23 and free agents can be signed until March 1, to remain eligible for the playoffs. James and the Cavaliers host the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Robinson averaged 11 points and 3 assists per game in 11 seasons for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Pelicans.

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