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UPDATE (7:45 p.m. Wednesday): Eddie House went to Celtics practice on Wednesday, despite the fact there’s “strong possibility I’ll be traded tomorrow to New York.” He figured he’d practice in case the trade for Nate Robinson did not happen.
“With that being said I have a bond with these guys and I’ll always have a bond with these guys,” House told the Globe. “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.”
According to several sources, the Knicks and Celtics are “close” on a deal that would send guard Eddie House to the Knicks in exchange for disgruntled, but talented, guard Nate Robinson. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks and Celtics make a perfect match for this deal: “‘D’Antoni wants House, and (Boston) really wants Nate, so everyone is motivated here,’ one source told Y! Sports.”
CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely said that Eddie House makes about $200,000 too much for a straight-up trade with Nate Robinson, so the teams will have to play with the sometimes-complicated NBA salary cap rules in order to fit a deal in. He said, “That’s why this deal may not get done until the 11th hour, if at all.”
So, why is Danny Ainge hot after Nate Robinson, anyway?
Robinson could finally be the answer off the bench for Rajon Rondo, providing the second unit with a high-scoring, high-energy style of play from the guard position, something the team desperately needs. This year, he’s averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds in 30 games for the Knicks, but as of late he’s fallen out of favor with coach Mike D’Antoni.
House, while a prolific three-point shooter, is limited in what he can do. He’s mediocre defensively, gets beat easily by smaller and faster guards, and his ball-handling skills leave much to be desired.
What do you think about the potential deal?