Thursday , Sep , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Nate Robinson Close to Signing Deal with New York Knicks

With less than a week to go before the start of training camp, the Knicks are close to contract terms with restricted free agent Nate Robinson. A source with knowledge of the situation Wednesday told Newsday that parameters of an agreement are in place for a one-year deal for an undisclosed amount higher than his qualifying offer of $2.9 million.

The contract has not yet been signed, according to a team spokesman, so there was no official announcement. But it is believed an agreement, which includes performance bonuses, will be officially finalized as early as Thursday. Camp opens Tuesday in Saratoga.

The Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, are in negotiations with their other restricted free agent, David Lee, who is also expected to take a one-year deal for above his qualifying offer of $2.6 million.

The 5-9 Robinson, who averaged a career-best 17.2 points per game last season, saw his popularity rise around the NBA after he captured his second Slam Dunk title during All-Star weekend. His jersey ranked 10th in sales among all NBA players last season, according to the NBA.