A league source, as well as a Knicks source, said today that there is interest in a trade that would send New York guard Nate Robinson to the Celtics. The Celtics have narrowed their positional need to a backup point guard who can defend the position. They have until Thursday’s trade deadline to fill that need.
The Knicks, who are trying to slash their payroll for this summer’s free agent market, are only interested in players with expiring contracts. The Celtics have three players who would match up to Robinson: Eddie House ($2.8 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Tony Allen ($2.5 million).
The Knicks may have particular interest in House, who played for Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix. D’Antoni was said to be a fan of House’s abilities at that time.
A league source said any interest the Celtics had in Sacramento forward Kevin Martin expired. A second source said that while the Celtics have continued interest in Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, the sides aren’t close on a deal.
This rumor is being reported by the NY Daily News as well.
Update via the Herald:
A team source just confirmed that the Celtics are still in discussions with the Knicks over a trade for guard Nate Robinson, but that the sides are no closer to a deal.
Update via Alan Hahn:
Knicks will likely secure a draft pick in the Robinson swap with the Celtics. At least that's the goal here. Eddie House likely in the deal.
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