Robinson fined $25K for trade request

Benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by

the NBA on Monday after his agent made a trade request.

Robinson has not played in the Knicks’ last 12 games. A

two-time winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest, he has played in

only 12 games this season and is averaging 11 points.

Agent Aaron Goodwin recently told reporters he’d asked the

Knicks to move Robinson to another team. Robinson was fined for

statements detrimental to the NBA.

“Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly

and are responsible for public statements relating to them made by

their representatives,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

Goodwin said the benching was personal, not basketball

related. A day after Goodwin’s comments on Dec. 19, Knicks

president Donnie Walsh said he would probably begin talks with the

agent about a trade.

Goodwin didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mail

messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Robinson averaged a career-high 17.2 points last season as

the Knicks’ sixth man. He was a restricted free agent in the

offseason and re-signed with a one-year contract.