12-1 Rumors: Nate Robinson, Chris Paul, Rashard Lewis


Oklahoma City point guard Nate Robinson is once again being talked about in connection with the Orlando Magic.

This time, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has the story:

The Thunder didn’t discuss a contract buyout with Nate Robinson(notes) on Wednesday, but he desperately wants to get out of the final year of his deal, a league source said. He’s just not going to play much for the Thunder. Orlando could be a landing spot for Robinson, should he become a free agent.

Wojnarowski also says the Wizards will not be using the amnesty clause to release Rashard Lewis. Many have speculated Lewis would like to return the Magic if he was in fact released from the Wizards:

Lewis is the NBA’s second highest-paid player, trailing only Kobe Bryant(notes) with a $21.1 million salary this season and $22.7 million in 2012-13. The proposed amnesty rule in the new labor agreement would allow the Wizards to waive Lewis and remove the money owed him from the team salary for cap and tax purposes.

Lewis averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds for Washington and Orlando last season.

“It’s not going to happen,” Dutt said. “I spoke to them [Wednesday] afternoon. They see him as a big part of what they hope to do going forward, not only as a player but a leader.”

Most importantly, at least according to Magic fans, is the last report. Marc Spears, also of Yahoo, says Hornets point guard Chris Paul has reached out to Dwight Howard:

Paul has reached out to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard(notes) recently, encouraging Howard to find a way for the two to play together, sources told Yahoo! Sports. That would be a difficult scenario for the Knicks to make happen. Paul’s desire to join the Knicks was cemented after he spent so much time in New York over the summer with close friend Carmelo Anthony.

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Tags: Amare Stoudamire Carmelo Anthony Chris Paul Dwight Howard Nate Robinson New Orleans Horntets New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder Orlando Magic Rashard Lewis Washington Wizards