The Eddie House-for-Nate Robinson swap that has been rumored for days still isn’t a done deal, according to the Boston Herald.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a done deal, but there’s a pretty good chance it’s going through,” said House’s agent, Mark Bartelstein.
A Celtics source said last night that talks would resume today.
For now, it all looks like the wait is for no other reason than to put the finishing touches on the deal. Nate Robinson missed last night’s game with “flu-like symptoms”, but his locker has already been cleared out and there has been speculation to whether he’s already on a flight to L.A.
But the fact remains that the deal isn’t done and the talks might continue right through today’s deadline. The Celtics are still considering trading Ray Allen or making at least one other trade besides Nate Robinson.
Via the Herald again:
And as in most businesses, negotiations can take longer than planned.
A Celtics source said yesterday there was a good chance that talks could stretch right up to today’s trade deadline. The Celtics also hadn’t closed the door on trading Ray Allen in a much bigger trade, though the source characterized the Celtics as reluctant to make such a deal.
The possibility also remains that the Celtics could make more than one trade before today’s deadline.
If the C’s ever do finalize this deal, which seems almost 100% likely, they might involve the Kings as a third team in the trade. The two names almost certain to be involved in the deal are Eddie House and J.R. Giddens. But don’t expect Kevin Martin to be part of the deal. He’s already been traded away to Houston in a massive blockbuster including Tracy McGrady.
The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Kevin Martin from the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The proposed deal has the Rockets sending Tracy McGrady, Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to the Kings for Martin, Sergio Rodriguez, Hilton Armstrong and Kenny Thomas.
Two league sources tell Y! Sports the Kings are unsure whether they will keep McGrady or expand the trade to three teams and send him to the New York Knicks.
Despite the possibility that Nate Robinson will provide a spark to his slumping ballclub, Doc Rivers seems shook that the Celtics might be losing a core player from the championship year.
“I told him what was going on,’’ said Rivers. “I was honest with him. I did tell him if he didn’t want to practice, that’s fine.
“It’s easy for me to move guys around the exterior of our core. It’s very difficult for me to ever even think about touching anybody in our core. So if we do this, that in my opinion is what we’d be doing, and for me that’s a tough thing to do. But that’s life in the NBA.’’
“I also told him nothing’s done, and nothing is done. Eddie’s a part of our core, and he’ll always be part of that.”
If Doc feels that way about trading Eddie House, how’s he going to feel if Ray Allen gets traded? Life in the NBA can be rough.
Keep checking the site throughout the day. We’ll have plenty of updates coming your way, I’m sure.