LOS ANGELES – Eddie House said Tuesday afternoon before the Celtics practice that it’s a “strong possibility I’ll be traded tomorrow to New York” but he decided to practice with his current Celtics teammates until the trade for Nate Robinson is official.
House walked into the Student Activities Center at UCLA a few minutes after the rest of the players, walking with coach Doc Rivers. House said he was told by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that he was the central figure of the trade that would acquire three-time slam dunk champion Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks. What’s more, House has resigned himself to leaving Boston and said he is eager to start his career with the Knicks.
“With that being said I have a bond with these guys and I’ll always have a bond with these guys,” said House, who scored 12 points in 16 minutes Tuesday in perhaps his final game as a Celtic. “At the end of the days this is a business and the Celtics feel they will be a better team with the guys they are trying to get.”
House said he had no idea he was the discussion of trade talks until this morning.
“You gotta move on, that’s what it is,” he said. “Come tomorrow, I’ll figure out what’s going to happen. It’s out of my hands. it’s never been in my hands. Going to New York I have two months to play some real strong basketball and get some wins with those guys.”
The trade is not completed yet and Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that much following House’s comments. The trade is tricky because Robinson is a base-year compensation player and the Knicks can only accept $2 million in return for his $4 million deal.
Base-year compensation essentially prevents teams from signing an unwanted player to a deal only to trade him for equal value during that next season.