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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. Anonymous - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    you are right on!! the trade should have been about the coaches, and maybe th G,M’S TOO

  2. Big Bill - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    HMMM. I am still on the fence with this trade…if it truly happens.
    On one end House is a great shooter with a quick release. When he is hot he is HOT!!!
    On the other end House can not creat his own shot. If it’s not off the break or a pick then it’s not going to happen. Also, he is not a point guard.
    With Robinson there are a lot of unkown’s with his attitude (although when benched earlier this year he kept quiet), Basketball IQ, and shot selection.
    However, I do like that he can create and score better than House. This is valuable with their 2nd team. He and Rasheed can really extend the floor and add more of a scoring punch.
    If Nate does have a questionable attitude, then who better than KG, Pierce and Allen to set him straight.

  3. name82 - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    what are some of you ignorant? nate robinson is a steal for the celtics. a big reason why nate was traded was because he did not get along with the coach and some knicks’ management. if not for that reason and he was a trade option for them, they could get a much better player then house.
    house is one dimensional offensively and dose not play defense. nate is arguably the best backup point guard in the league. he has at least one 40 point game of the bench this year and is always being praised for his boost off the bench.
    that is what the celtics need with an aging team and more than that nate is fearless attacking the basket and has decent range with better defense then house.
    now we are not talking about bringing a “star” to the celtics but seriously nate is relevant in the nba when house is only relevant to the celtics world.
    point is, this is a one sided deal for the celtics and only time could prove that but on paper it is a steal for the c’s.

  4. DZO - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    completely agree

  5. CEltics4 eva - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    watch it eddie house was great but nate is much better

  6. DDH - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    this trade is lame the celtics lost one of thier key players when it come to crunch time. nate is good but not everyday that good

  7. cbs - Feb 18, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Are the celts allowed to trade with the knicks? i thought they got kicked out of the league for being bad and were trying to contend for schedule time with the washington generals.

  8. Joe B - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Its all about August 2010!

  9. barry - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    did robinson trade happen?

  10. bj - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    but the Celts will have slam dunk winner… hehehe thank you Boston!

  11. Wizard of Ozola - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Completely agree with Ray. I nominate Ray to NBA scout for the Celtics and assign myself as European director of player personnel for the Italian NBA. Half these clowns will be playing there in 2010-2011 when the strike/workstoppage hits. looks of caca for everyone, NBA owners, players, agents, golddiggers, gofers, etc.Bellisimo !!

  12. 123456 - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    this trade is coming back to haunt them!

  13. celtics - Feb 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    NOT SMART. WE NEED HOUSE. NATE? there is not a spot for him on the team…. bad move.

  14. Mark - Feb 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    I think its an awesome trade and well played out by Danny Ainge, when has he ever did us wrong. Championship, he we come. RELOADED

  15. jack - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Nate is good me need him cuzz celtics r getting old ray ray cant do it and we got Nate good deal House isnt that good

  16. Celt17 - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    The trade is all about money and perhaps next year depending on the state of the NBA. Frankly, at the beginning of the year, it seemed clear to me that Cleveland would win it all–Not based solely on talent, but on the need for the NBA to push its top money-makers. LeBron is money. Watching the Celtics this year has only convinced me of this. Like last year, they ran off to a great record and then, all of a sudden, forgot how to play even .500 ball. You can look at injuries, but I don’t buy it. Whether they can play Cleveland or Atlanta even up is not the question. They have trouble finishing off ANYBODY. I don’t care how old the Big Three are, there is enough talent on this team to run away from most teams. Yet, the way they have played in 2nd halfs [heck--fourth quarters] reminds me more of teams playing for position in the Draft Lottery. I call it tanking. So, for me, this deal has nothing to do with winning this year.

  17. DCLAKERFAN - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    AS YOU CAN SEE I AM NOT A CELT FAN BUT I AM FAN OF BASKETBALL WHO LIKES THE LAKERS BUT UNDERSTAND THIS: A 20 POINT SCORER ON A BOTTOM FEEDER TEAM WILL NOT BE ONE ON A TOP TEAM. ANTWAN WHILE I DO RESPECT HIM AS A PROFESSIONAL WILL NOT BE THE SAME TYPE OF PLAYER FOR CLEVELAND. HIS ROLE WILL CHANGE AS WELL AS HIS OUTPUT. A TEAM SHOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WETHER A PLAYER CAN ADJUST TO HIS NEW TEAMS GAMEPLAN. HOUSE FOR ROBINSON IS A MISMATCH CELTIC OPPENENTS ARE WAITING FOR. EVEN 2ND TEAM GUARDS ARE LICKIN THEIR CHOPS BECAUSE OF THE HIEGHT DISADVANTAGE. TAKING NOTHING AWAY FROM NATE HE HAS HEART BUT THAT WONT DEFEND THE LIKES OF DELONTE WEST OR ATLANTAS 2ND TEAM 6-4 GUARDS. WHILE I WANT TO SEE A BOS/LA FINAL AINGE MADE A BAD MOVE HERE. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE

  18. House Fan - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Celtics are crazy to let E House go! He is the best! I can’t believe they chose to keep T Allen over E House. I hope E House can go to New York and kick some butt. He has been passed over a huge contract year after year and now I hope D’Atoni realizes what he let go in Phoenix and decides to give him the contract he deserves next year!

  19. Justin - Feb 18, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    This sucks! The Celtics should have kept House. This trade will come back to bite Boston in the butt come play-off time. We waited a long time for #17, guess we’ll wait awhile on #18.

  20. Ant - Feb 18, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    I think Nate Robinson will help the Celtics but it wont help them in height wise.

  21. the wizard - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    most people who don’t like this trade knows nothing about basketball. the celtics have gotten better from an athletic perspective that forces any defense to fear the offense from a transition point. quite simply, ray allen and paul pierce will perform better with legitamite rest because the celtics have a legitamite off the bench point guard with scoring ability. this also benifits daniels, moving him to his more natural position, small forward or off guard. a win win situation! now we are a tarnsition team again with a little bit more speed. on a good team he is a matchup nightmare because he just knows how to score. that is why the lakers wanted him as well.
    wizard

  22. Cfan - Feb 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    This is a good trade, keep your bigotry out of the sports section.

  23. andre0 - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    1 question, can eddie house even dunk?…. nufff said.

  24. andre0 - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    no disrespect to eddie though, imma miss him.

  25. Matt - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Hey pooh,
    Are you serious when you say the people of Boston suck? Wow! Really, get a life!

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