Danny Ainge has been living up to his Trader Danny nickname.
Just one day after making his third trade over the past three weeks, the Celtics’ president has made yet another move, acquiring Nate Robinson from the Nuggets in exchange for Jameer Nelson.
From Boston’s perspective, it’s a very minor move. Since being acquired from Dallas in the Rajon Rondo deal, Nelson has seen very few minutes off the bench and has been kept inactive for the team’s last six games. Given his age (34) and Boston’s depth at point guard, he was simply not part of Boston’s future plans.
Rather than risking the possibility that Nelson pick up his 2015-16 player option for $2.9 million, the team shipped him out to ensure that cap space was kept free.
Robinson, whom the Celtics acquired in the deal, is only making just over $2 million this season in the final year of his contract. Boston fans will remember him from his two-year stint with the Celtics in 2009-2011 before he was dealt off with Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the trade that brought Jeff Green to Boston.
Unfortunately for nostalgic fans, Robinson’s stint with the Celtics is expected to be brief, since like Nelson, there’s really no sense in keeping the veteran guard around in the midst of a rebuild.
Nate Robinson is expected to get a buyout with the Celtics, a source told Yahoo Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 13, 2015
Sadly, that means there is no chance Robinson will be able to reenact this celebration in green.