The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has acquired guard Nate Robinson and forward Marcus Landry from the New York Knicks in exchange for guards Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and forward Bill Walker.
“Nate is one of the great athletes in the league and he brings a dynamic scorer to our team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
“We have been seeking a second ball handler capable of penetrating the defense and we believe that he provides that. We love Nate’s ability to pressure the ball defensively and we think he can add to our defense as well as our offense.”
Nate Robinson is reportedly on the verge of being traded to the Boston Celtics, according to a report from Alan Hahn of Newsday.
Sources claim that the deal is not official and it likely will not be until Thursday, but that it will probably include Eddie House and a second-round pick, among other pieces.
The Lakers had also been in talks with New York on Robinson.
Sources close to the thinking in Boston say that the C’s plan is to allow Allen’s deal to expire and look to re-sign him to a much more manageable number this summer using his “Bird Rights.”
However with so many major named players expected to be available at the trade deadline, it has been surprising that the Celtics have not been mentioned more as they have been among the more active “buyers” in the League.
The Celtics have a number of ending contracts to offer in addition to Allen including Tony Allen ($2.5 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Eddie House ($2.8 million).
Marquis Daniels will be out for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.
The Celtics swingman missed last night’s game against the Bucks because of the injury and had undergone an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
Last night, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the Daniels injury has been affecting the entire second team.
“I’ve seen a lot of things. He hasn’t been able to hold onto the ball,” Rivers said. “I think it’s affected Eddie (House), because earlier in the year, and especially in preseason, Eddie was getting great shots off of Marquis’s passes. Now (Daniels) doesn’t have the ability to pass and I think that affects Eddie.”
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If something should go amiss, the Celtics do have some bargaining chips.
Rumors still persist that Rondo may be traded for someone like Steve Nash, but the expiring contracts of Ray Allen ($19.76 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Eddie House ($2.86 million) are the real possibilities.
That is about $26 million in expiring deals, and you would better believe in this financial climate there will be plenty of teams looking to dump salary. There could be a key player to be had.
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