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Nate Robinson Wants to be a Celtic

Chuck - Red's Army December 21, 2009 Uncategorized 7 Comments

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Via ESPN.com's Daily Dime:

Robinson does want out, and a source close to the Robinson camp
tells ESPN.com there's one place the former slam-dunk champion would
truly like to land if a trade can be worked out: Boston.

If that can't happen, Robinson wants a buyout, believing he will be
able to sign with one of the top contending teams in the league,
including the Lakers, Cleveland and Orlando — the thinking being that
he can provide the instant offensive boost for any of those teams that
he once provided for the Knicks.

The 5-9 Robinson, 25, can do one thing – score. Here's John Hollinger's scouting report:

Though he stands only 5-9, Robinson is more of a shooting guard than a
point guard. He looks for his own shot rather than to set up others and
can get wildly out of control at times. The flip side is that he brings
tremendous energy to the game whenever he enters, and despite his size
is capable of getting his shots off due to an explosive first step and
tremendous leaping ability. He's too quick to settle for a long jumper
rather than attack the rim, but few bench players score as easily.

So what would the Knicks take in return?

Robinson also is what's known as a base-year compensation player, a
designation given to any player whose salary rises more than 20 percent
from the previous season (Robinson went from making $2.02 million to $4
million). If the Knicks found a trade for Robinson that was to his
liking, they could only take back a player making $2.02 million or less
— and Walsh has been adamant that he will not take on any contracts
that eat up the cap space he has squirreled away for next summer.
(Note: A trade of Robinson to Boston for
J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker would work under salary cap rules, but would add nearly $2 million to the Knicks' 2010-11 payroll. A Robinson-Marquis Daniels
swap — with all deals possibly brokered through a third team — would
make more sense for New York payroll-wise, but it is questionable
whether that would interest the Celtics — even with Daniels sidelined
until the All-Star break by thumb surgery.)

I think it's safe to say there's no chance in hell the Celtics trade 'Quis for Nate. I'd be willing to take a gamble on him for just about any other bench player. Neither Giddens nor Walker have guaranteed deals for next year, yet ESPN claims a trade would add salary to the Knicks' books for 2010-11? I'm confused. What about Tony Allen? He's in the midst of a $2.5 million expiring contract.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mferg24 MFerg24

    Love nate and all.. but no thanks.

  • http://loscy.com Loscy

    I just vomited in my mouth a little thinking about it…

  • DRJ

    Terrible idea. Bad fit. I think this is 1-sided wishful thinking on Nate’s part. Hard to imagine our side even considering taking Nate on. Fuhgetaboutit.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Nate Robinson can score like crazy, just don’t really know if he would fit in with the bench of our team. He is similar to the eddie house mold, but with more athleticism. I’ve always loved how he plays though and the energy he brings, absolutely worth at least looking into this possibility, but no Quis for Nate trade will happen. This gets a little more enticing with the improved play of TA though, so we’ll see

  • Danno

    Do Not Want.
    I’d rather have Starbury back.

  • FSantos33

    Nate brings scoring to the table for sure and some baggage like being a knuckle head and disrespecting his coach. We don’t need that shit around here.
    Like Double P said he is like an Eddie House Mold a younger version. We are already a jump shooting team as it is we don’t need a knuckle head throwing up low percentage shots and doesn’t play D.
    What chips do we have left? TA, Scal, Giddens, and Walker.
    I would like to get another BIG for rebounding purposes. It seems like we are getting out boarded every F’in game.
    Finally attack attack the rim. We are depending on the jumper too damn much. Big Baby is coming back soon but I still feel we need another BIg before the all star break.

  • Filipe

    Robinson does the same things as Eddie by diferent means (an athletic SG instead of a shooter). He also plays no defense and is supposedly uncouchable. So I can’t see what the Celtics gain outise of the occasional Sportscenter highlight. We need totrade for a ball handler not Lil’Nate. And if Ainge and Doc decides we need more scoring of the bench I’d rather wait for the inevitable Kevin Martin fiiresale that is coming.