NBA Trade Deadline: Eddie House Out, Nate Robinson In for the Boston Celtics

charles montyContributor IFebruary 19, 2010

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Just before Thursday's NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics sent Eddie House, J.R Giddens, and Bill Walker to the New York Knicks for guard Nate Robinson and undrafted rookie forward Marcus Landry.

A lot of Celtics fans are disappointed with this deal, as House was a fan favorite and a great three-point shooter, but his play had slowly declined since helping Boston win a the title in 2007-08.

"It is tough to see Eddie go," Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. "He was one of my favorite players to watch and he was a key element in winning the 2008 championship and a tremendous presence in the locker room."

Even though House will be missed, the deal is still something to wonder about. Robinson could and should provide some more much-needed scoring from the Celtics bench, but will he gel with the team? Will he be able to pass the ball instead of being what some back in New York called a ball hog?

Robinson developed a bad reputation from his time with the Knicks, especially once new coach Mike D’Antoni came to town two years ago and took over for faltering head coach Isiah Thomas. Robinson was benched almost immediately and stayed buried there until he came off the bench on Jan. 1 against the Atlanta Hawks (who have swept the Celtics thus far this season), scoring 41 points in 38 minutes.

Another thing: How do the actual players of the Celtics feel about it?

All-Star guard Rajon Rondo had this to say of Robinson coming to town, according to "I don't know, I don't know. I hope it's for the best. We don't make the decisions, we just play the game."

Well, there's just about one way to know if this could help the C’s, and that’s time and practice. Overall, even with a solid 15 points a night from Robinson off the bench, it comes down to the Big Three—Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.

If they can’t get it going and keep it going, the Celtics' chance of getting to the NBA Finals looks like a rocky road.