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According to CSNNE.com’s Gary Tanguay, the Celtics reportedly offered point guard J.R. Giddens and future considerations to the New York Knicks for Nate Robinson during a 14-game stretch in December when Robinson didn’t see any action.
Then, when Robinson exploded for 41 points in a win over the Hawks on Jan. 1, the trade landscape changed and Robinson’s value increased.
In a busy day for J.R. Giddens news, the second-year player was sent to the Red Claws on Thursday, an indication that Kevin Garnett may soon be returning to the lineup. Giddens provided the Celtics their only “true” backup point guard, but for now, he’s headed to Maine to help out the Claws.
Here’s the full press release from the NBA D-League:
NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2010 – Boston Celtics guard J.R. Giddens was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s NBA D-League affiliate, it was announced today. Giddens is the 12th NBA player, and the third Celtic, to be assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate this season.
Originally selected by Boston with the final pick of the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Giddens has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season, scoring 24 points in 4.7 minutes per game. Last season, Giddens appeared in six games for Boston. For his career, he has played in 27 games and scored 28 points.
No stranger to the NBA D-League, Giddens was three-times assigned from Boston to the team’s then NBA D-League affiliate Utah Flash during the 2008-09 season. In 26 regular season games for the Flash, Giddens averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game. He was also an integral part of the Flash’s 2009 NBA D-League Finals run. In four post-season games for Utah last season he averaged 18.5 points and 12.3 rebounds 39.8 minutes per game.
Celtics fans can stay in step with Giddens, who will join the Red Claws this afternoon and is expected to be available tonight when the team travels to Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the Springfield Armor, by logging onto NBA Futurecast to watch all of the Red Claws’ game live, online for free at nba.com/dleague.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.