UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: Twitter caught fire this afternoon as several media outlets provided updates on the Celtics and Knicks furthering negotations that could bring Nate Robinson to Boston. Newsday’s Alan Hahn ignited the updates when he tweeted “Nate Robinson trade with Celtics done, I’m told. Getting details now.” Hahn then corrected his post about an hour later, writing “Let’s start over. Source says Nate-to-Celtics is ‘close’ but no specifics yet can be confirmed.” The details, Hahn writes, surround what the Celtics will give the Knicks in return, with Eddie House and potentially a draft pick being discussed.
Hahn’s tweet prompted several other reporters to respond to the rumor that the deal was done. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted, “Knicks and Celtics still talking on Nate Robinson-Eddie House, three sources say, but may not be a deal until tomorrow.” He later added, “‘D’Antoni wants House, and (Boston) really wants Nate, so everyone is motivated here,’ one source told Y! Sports.”
The New York Post went with a headline of, “Knicks agree to trade Nate to Celtics,” but in the second paragraph of their story they say a deal is “close”, and that details still need to be ironed out.
According to CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, “House makes about $200K too much for straight-up trade… That’s why this deal may not get done until the 11th hour, if at all.”
In summary, a lot of very informed people saying a lot of the same things, but no done deal yet.
— Update made by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff. Below is Gary Washburn’s original post.
An NBA source confirmed Tuesday night that Celtics and Knicks are re-engaged in talks regarding New York point guard and three-time slam dunk champion Nate Robinson. The Celtics have long held interest in Robinson and he has privately told those close to him that he would love to play for the Celtics.
Robinson, who did not play Tuesday in Chicago because of the flu, is a high-scoring, high-energy guard the Celtics crave and he could spell Rajon Rondo as a reserve.
Robinson is averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 45 percent shooting in 30 games for New York. He has spent the season in and out of coach Mike D’Antoni’s doghouse.
Because Robinson is a base-year compensation player, the Celtics could only trade back half of Robinson’s $4 million salary back to the Knicks. So the Knicks likely would ask for a draft pick as well as an expiring contract.
Robinson also has extra incentive to play for a playoff contender. He would earn a $1 million bonus if he plays for a team that advances to the playoffs. Robinson, who has trade veto power, would not exercise it for the Celtics and another unnamed team, according to sources.
The Celtics held on to beat Sacramento 95-92 Tuesday night and got a big night from the bench but the reserves collected just five assists in 87 combined minutes.