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Trade Deadline: Nate is a Celtic

Feb 18, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

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. rshallow - Feb 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    any player on the knicks could average what nate robinson is. if eddie house goes there he will not only score more points but play better defense. eddie house is by far superior to robinson

  2. Drew - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    The consensus seems to be that this is a bad trade. I think it’s what the Celtics needed to do. House, while a clutch shooter, isn’t filling a need for Boston like he did two years ago. The Celtics need another creative perimeter player who can slash, get to the rim, and open things up for other players. They also need someone who can spell Rondo at the point. House just didn’t provide any of those things.
    But, Cleveland just got a lot better by acquiring Antawn Jamison. They’re still the team to beat.

  3. scotta - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    you guys are making it sound like eddie house was averaging 15 and 10 this year and was the mvp of the team…he’s a one dimensional role player…he can’t handle the ball he can’t rebound he can’t defend very well granted he’s not awful…he is a spot shooter and a spot shooter only…he can’t drive the lane and he can’t create his own shot….with nate robinson you get a younger more versitle player who is gonna come off the bench and be rondos back up who can handle the ball and put up 20 pts any given night…..thank you eddie house for being such a class act and for the banner you helped bring……and to my last point if whoever said this is the celtics conceding the finals to the magic or cleveland was serious they should no longer comment on basketball related topics because if you really think that eddie house was the guy that made the celtics a championship contender you’ve lost your mind

  4. scotta - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    you guys are making it sound like eddie house was averaging 15 and 10 this year and was the mvp of the team…he’s a one dimensional role player…he can’t handle the ball he can’t rebound he can’t defend very well granted he’s not awful…he is a spot shooter and a spot shooter only…he can’t drive the lane and he can’t create his own shot….with nate robinson you get a younger more versitle player who is gonna come off the bench and be rondos back up who can handle the ball and put up 20 pts any given night…..thank you eddie house for being such a class act and for the banner you helped bring……and to my last point if whoever said this is the celtics conceding the finals to the magic or cleveland was serious they should no longer comment on basketball related topics because if you really think that eddie house was the guy that made the celtics a championship contender you’ve lost your mind

  5. scotta - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    you guys are making it sound like eddie house was averaging 15 and 10 this year and was the mvp of the team…he’s a one dimensional role player…he can’t handle the ball he can’t rebound he can’t defend very well granted he’s not awful…he is a spot shooter and a spot shooter only…he can’t drive the lane and he can’t create his own shot….with nate robinson you get a younger more versitle player who is gonna come off the bench and be rondos back up who can handle the ball and put up 20 pts any given night…..thank you eddie house for being such a class act and for the banner you helped bring……and to my last point if whoever said this is the celtics conceding the finals to the magic or cleveland was serious they should no longer comment on basketball related topics because if you really think that eddie house was the guy that made the celtics a championship contender you’ve lost your mind

  6. j - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    that is such a bad move nate is doing a great job for the knicks and he will be such a big loss for the knicks D’antoni should have put him as a starter not a prospect or a role player he should have a lot of more playing time

  7. mack - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Nate isn’t the problem in NYC (the trade isn’t official yet), D’Antoni is. He alienates (no pun intended) all the players that he doesn’t know how to utilize properly. I wish he could get traded.

  8. Ernie Collier - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Nate is a dynamic offensive threat. The Knicks are unloading everything in hopes of getting a Labron or D Wade. Nate is tough to coach and plays out of control however. His defense is suspect and his focus is too inconsistent. Eddie House is a very solid shooter that requires someone else to get his shot. He has no ability to create his own shot and is slow on defense. He is easy to coach and is at the back end of his career. I think the Celts have the player with way more potential. Nate will bring instant offense to the Celts. Not to many people can stop him when he attacks the basket. He wont and shouldnt start but he can be a instant offense guy like Vinny Microwave johnson was for the Pistons back in the 80’s. Celts I think got better end of deal!!

  9. Bob - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    I knew Nate in college…… he’s like a 12 year old and that could be giving him a few years. Maturity is Nate’s problem, skilled but needs to grow up.

  10. DZO - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    you make the point exactly; he was a role player, he wasn’t put in to defend, to rebound, to assist. hes a shooter, and he is good at it. getting rid of house leaves a hole in the bench in supplying a consistent jump shooter, especially now that ray allen isn’t shooting the same way he did earlier in his career. Nate adds nothing that rondo or tony allen can’t already do. Stupid trade, what is ainge thinking?

  11. Will - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    it’s obvious that this wasn’t the best trade, and Cleveland did get a lot better with their acquisition of Jamison. therefore, the Celts need to make another trade by the deadline to keep up with the leaders of the East. With Rondo, Daniels, T and R Allen, and now Nate, we need to rectify the big man dept. and bring some fresh legs. Get A’Mare!!! not realistic, but would give a big spark to the struggling C’s

  12. Damon - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    What do you mean do they watch him play? Do you? Nate is a big improvement over House in 2010.

  13. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    nate will do well for the celtics… he plays hard

  14. DA BULLS - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    GO BULLS!

  15. meneme gary coleman webster - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    taller players…..a novice to the game…..no teams acquire players based on need…celts needed a backup pg for rondo and nate fit the bill……besides if you can leap out of gym…..who cares where you jump from…

  16. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    your a dork!

  17. Ray - Feb 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    A mistake for the Celtics on more than one front.
    House again plays his heart out this year…while teammates remain out of shape, unwilling to stay focused on their roles, too lazy to play consistent defense, too busy to learn how to shoot free throws, etc…and look who gets sacrificed because the GM thinks he has to provide an answer by making a change to the roster!
    Boston has lost a valuable long range shooter. Now Paul Pierce will eagerly take yet a few more steps away from the basket because he will want to see himself as the answer to the need of replacing the House threes…oh, excuse me for bumping into you Sheed, but I think you have my spot out here!
    And in return, the Celtics add a “me first” player to ruin any chance for a return to the type of team play required to advance beyond the conference semifinals.
    Bottom line…Pierce jumps at the chance to play soft beyond the three point line, while being replaced by a sub-6 footer as the only one penetrating half court defenses who shoots well enough to be guarded.
    Let us fans hope that our new Allstar weekend individual skill champions will shoot enough free throws and grab enough rebounds to become teammates on a championship team. But we had better not hold our breath.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    shut up and go ask your mom for some milk

  19. Tim - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Your name fits your words.

  20. stephon - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Best decision ever

  21. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    pooh pooh get alife celtics need depth good move

  22. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    celtis need backup pg does pooh have aclue

  23. birdy - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    nate sheed baby scal t allen best bench in nba

  24. kmyers - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Being a Lakers fan, A very good move by Danny Ainge. Thanks Danny!

  25. jjfrota - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    this is retarted. knicks are stupid for trading nate because eddie house damn sure ain’t better. nate won’t get any playtime as a celtic and there are too many offensive players on the celtics. His career is ruined.

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