Return of Nate Robinson still possible

DENVER -- The Los Angeles Clippers are monitoring the progress of Nate Robinson and could still sign the guard for the rest of the season next week, coach Doc Rivers said Saturday.

“There’s a chance, it’s not a guarantee yet though,” Rivers said when asked about Robinson possibly being re-signed. “We’re looking at Lester [Hudson] and we’re going to look at him the next couple of games.”

The Clippers passed on signing Robinson for the rest of the season last week and instead signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract. Robinson was on his second 10-day contract when he suffered a bone bruise to his left knee against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 22 and hasn’t been able to play since.

When Rivers was asked how Robinson was doing he said, “He’s getting better, he’s just not ready yet.”

In nine games with the Clippers this season, Robinson averaged 5.1 points and 2.2 assists in 14 minutes per game.

Hudson’s 10-day contract with the Clippers expires Tuesday, and if Robinson is healthy by then and Hudson hasn’t done enough to prove he belongs with the team for the rest of the season, the Clippers will likely sign Robinson for the rest of the season, a source said.

"It's a strong possibility," Rivers said last week when asked about the possibility of the Clippers re-signing him. "I liked what Nate brought us. I liked his energy."