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Trade Deadline: Nate is a Celtic

Feb 18, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_robinson.jpg2/18 2:06 pm: The details of this trade seem to finally be finalized. According to Hahn, the deal is Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry to Boston for Eddie House, JR Giddens and Bill Walker. There are no picks involved. The Knicks will waive just acquired Brian Cardinal to make room.

With this, the Knicks have about $32 million in cap space this summer.

2/17 2:20 pm: Alan Hahn, the Knicks beat writer for Newsday, says said the deal is done — the Celtics get Nate Robinson. Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo says it’s not yet official, but it will be soon.

“D’Antoni wants House, and (Boston) really wants Nate, so everyone is motivated here,” one source told Y! Sports.

The details of the deal are Eddie House heading to New York for the remainder of this year, plus a second round pick and another player from the end of the bench, for Robinson (that has yet to be finalized and the Celtics may have to throw in a scrub as well, however). The trade is not a surprise, and while the Lakers may have dipped their toes in the water, Robinson was basically always bound for the Celtics.

For Boston, it means they get a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo — a spot that was a need. Whether Robinson will be a good fit with the defense-first system in Boston remains to be seen, and his shot selection will drive the Celtics faithful nuts, but he can create his own shot far better than House and he will score for Boston, and they need that. However, don’t underestimate the loss of Eddie House and his ability to hit threes under pressure, his smooth stroke could be missed in the playoffs.. (Robinson’s outside shot is far less consistent.)

For the Knicks, they get a better outside shooter in the short term (picture house spotting up on the break), but it is really about saving money. However it is a meaningless deal in the money sense if the trade with Houston for Tracy McGrady for Jared Jeffries, whose salary hangs over the Knicks for next season. 

  1. xxxx - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Not a smart move for the Celtics

  2. Tman - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    who cares?!?

  3. What - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    This makes no sense to me. Teams should be trading for taller players, and House was fantastic off the bench…actually he probably should’ve had more playing time.
    Rasheed is not helping; he should go…but come on House for Nate. Why do teams continue to nurse worthless players – Nate, McGrady, Shaq they are of no use now.

  4. Matt - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Very, very stupid by Ainge.

  5. Kevin Gallagher - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Robinson is not who the Celtics need. Losing House is going to hurt them in the playoffs. I’m not optimistic that Robinson will fit in well in Boston.

  6. alex - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    i love this trade for the celtics

  7. steve - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    wow- This is just bad bad deal for the Celts, I mean do they watch him play?

  8. alex2 - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    This is a one-sided trade…for the Knicks. I won’t miss Nate’s antics, and it will be lucky if Garnett doesn’t strange him sometime in the playoffs. House is a good shooter who won’t help or hurt the Knicks on the court. Addition by subtraction.

  9. wils - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Celtics netting Nate is them conceding the Finals to the Magic or Cavs. Although I am not a fan of the Cavs or Magic, I like this deal!

  10. eric - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    nate averages 8 more points then house, he can also drive and jump harder, by the way what has house done this year…?

  11. jbm13 - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    House can’t defend and his shooting isn’t consistent anymore. Better to have some young legs that can drive and dish than House going 1-5 from the 3 line. Remember, live by the 3 and die by the 3. so far the Cs are dying by the 3. Not the best move but hopefully Nate will understand the opportunity and perform well.

  12. BBKY - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    I like the trade. House is a fan favorite and exciting as hell when he’s hot, but in the playoff’s last year Orlando figured out that he can’t score if you deny him the ball. He has to have his feet set and doesn’t have the ball handling skills to get some seperation with the ball in his hands. And at this stage of his like Garnett would prefer to make the quick pass to a cutter than shoot.

  13. jbm13 - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    House can’t defend and his shooting isn’t consistent anymore. Better to have some young legs that can drive and dish than House going 1-5 from the 3 line. Remember, live by the 3 and die by the 3. so far the Cs are dying by the 3. Not the best move but hopefully Nate will understand the opportunity and perform well.

  14. Greg - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Good trade. Nate can light it up better than Eddie House. And he still has fresh legs.

  15. Jaye - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Will somebody help us in Houston and take Tracy McGrady Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

  16. Paulo - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    I did not understand this trade. Do the Celtics think this is dunking time? Nate is good for Knicks and Eddy is good for Celtics, not vise versa. PEACE!!!

  17. pooh pooh - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    is this House guy the MVP of the Lakers, the guy who is the best player in thhe world.
    Boston sux, the people do too.

  18. Nice - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    love the trade as much as i will miss house it is much need depth!!! Thank u eddie for everything u have done but time for a real point gaurd

  19. BOO BOO - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    the man has won 3 dunk contest, at the very least he will entertain while sheed is arguing with the ref, Rondo is taking a dirty hit on opposing player?( kirk hinrich), KG IS BENT OVER GRABBING HIS SHORTS AND PIERCE IS SHOOTING LIKE HE IS BIRD.

  20. VA Ranger - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    This is a very bad trade. Eddie fills a niche—we need to keep him. Nate is incredibly inconsistent. Ainge is crazy to send in another clown at midseason.

  21. BBKY - Feb 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    pooh pooh, Thank you for another succinct, insightful observation on the relative merits of the two players. We are honored to have your instructive comments as part of the conversation.

  22. kelly - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    That will put them over the top… NOT

  23. Ken Whiting - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Ainge should take a lesson or two from KP in Portland. What the hell were you thinking Danny?!

  24. will - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    I like nate and I think the celtics need him. I know tthey will trade house but they’re the same, so i think it is a good trade

  25. Anonymous - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    wrong to all you who think this is a bad trade eddie house was shooting 37 percent from 3 lately and thats not helping. nate can run the point and will be great off the bench

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