For a while, it looked like Boston’s move at the trade deadline would be bigger than this. They have Ray Allen’s expiring contract on the market, with the goal to get a marquee player that can help them this year and in the future.
However, Boston’s first move might be a bit smaller than that. Literally. They’re closing in on a deal to acquire three-time Slam Dunk Champion (!) Nate Robinson from the Knicks, according to A Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England.
CSNNE.com has confirmed that the Boston Celtics have had discussions recently about a trade that would send New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson to Boston.
Although the particulars have yet to be completely agreed upon, Boston will include at least one player with an expiring contract (Eddie House, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine are the possibilities) to New York along with either a future draft pick or cash considerations.
If the C’s were to pull the trigger on such a deal, it would likely be done sometime Wednesday.
Robinson is a base-year compensation player, which Blakely explains later in the article, but the Celtics have been rumored to want him for quite some time. If they get him, it would be an interesting test of the Celtics’ culture, but it would also give their bench a nice shot in the arm.
SB Nation’s Celtics Blog has more on the rumor here.