Sources: Celtics to land Knicks’ Nate Robinson

According to multiple sources, the Celtics [team stats] and Knicks are
close to a deal that would bring guard Nate Robinson to the Celts,
possibly in exchange for Eddie House.

A league source, as well as a Knicks source, said yesterday that both
sides still have interest in the deal that has been discussed in the
past month. Two sources in Sacramento, where the Celts played the Kings
last night, verified the interest from both sides.

The Celts have narrowed their positional need to a backup point guard who can defend. They have until tomorrow’s trade deadline to fill that need.

The Knicks, who are trying to slash their payroll for this summer’s free agent market, are only interested in players with expiring contracts. The Celtics have three players who would match up to Robinson: House ($2.8 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Tony Allen ($2.5 million).

The Knicks might have particular interest in House, who played for coach Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix. D’Antoni was said to be a fan of House’s abilities at that time.

A league source said any interest the Celtics had in Sacramento forward Kevin Martin expired. A second source said while the C’s have continued interest in Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, the sides aren’t close.

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