The Shrek and Donkey show is returning to Boston for another performance.
The Celtics have agreed in principle with former University of Washington guard Nate Robinson on a new contract, a team official said Friday. The deal reunites the 5-foot-9 guard with Glen “Big Baby” Davis on a Boston bench that provided an important contribution during last year’s run to the NBA finals.
The Boston Herald reported that Robinson will get $4 million per year for two seasons.
Robinson was acquired from the New York Knicks at the trade deadline but had fallen out of the Celtics’ rotation by the end of the regular season. He re-emerged in the playoffs to help Boston clinch the Eastern Conference finals and then, with Davis, led the second unit that helped the Celtics pull away from the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
“We’re like Shrek and Donkey,” Robinson said afterward. “You can’t separate us.”
The nicknames stuck, and now Robinson has, too.
The only three-time winner of the NBA’s slam-dunk contest, the diminutive Robinson fell out of favor with the Knicks during their ill-fated efforts to purge salary and land LeBron James as a free agent. He was traded to the Celtics in February but couldn’t seem to find much of a role in Boston, either.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers insisted that Robinson, who had never appeared in the postseason in his career, would find a niche, saying, “He’s going to win us a playoff game.”
That proved prophetic when Robinson came off the bench to score 13 second-quarter points in the sixth and final game of the conference finals against Orlando.
In Game 4 of the finals, Robinson pitched in with 12 points in 17 minutes as the Boston bench turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead over the Lakers.
The Orlando Magic matched a $19 million, three-year offer sheet that the Chicago Bulls made for guard J.J. Redick. … After finally completing the paperwork and officially adding forward Mike Miller, the Miami Heat moved quickly to re-sign restricted free agent Joel Anthony to a five-year deal and second-round draft pick Dexter Pittman to a three-year contract. … Guard Ronnie Brewer agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Bulls. … A Cleveland brewery is re-releasing a bitter beer inspired by LeBron James’ decision to leave the Cavaliers. Great Lakes Brewing Co. said 30 gallons of “Quitness” ale sold out in three hours Wednesday. The beer, described as a pale ale that leaves a bitter aftertaste, will return today.