LOS ANGELES — The Celtics have acquired Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry from the New York Knicks in exchange for Eddie House, Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens, who were thrown into the deal to match salaries.
The Celtics are waiting for NBA approval and the deal may not be announced until later this afternoon.
Robinson, a high-flying sparkplug guard, has been coveted by the Celtics for months and is expected to give the Celtics scoring punch off the bench and a legitimate backup to Rajon Rondo. Robinson averaged 13.2 points and 3.7 assists in 30 games with New York, spending most of the season being banished by coach Mike D’Antoni.
Robinson earns $4 million this season, but since he was a base-year compensation player (which prevents teams from signing unwanted players just to trade them for equal value the same season), his contract was worth just $2 million on a salary cap, forcing the Celtics and Knicks to add other players to make the transaction work.
House, 31, averaged 7.2 points and shot 40 percent this season, lows in three years as a Celtic. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge felt House was expendable with the opportunity to get Robinson, who is a free agent after the season.
Giddens and Walker were little-used players and will come off the Knicks’ cap this summer, while Landry was a non-drafted free agent who made the New York club in training camp.