Everyone has picked up on Gary Tanguay’s report that the Celtics offered J.R. Giddens and “future considerations” to the Knicks in exchange for Nate Robinson. The C’s reportedly made the offer about three weeks ago, when Nate’s trade value was at rock bottom because of Mike D’Antoni’s decision to bench Robinson for more than two weeks.
One problem: A Giddens-Robinson trade does not work under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Robinson is earning $4 million this season, meaning that to acquire him, the C’s would have to send out that amount—plus or minus 25 percent and change—in any Robinson deal.
Giddens makes about $1 million. It’s unclear what “future considerations” might mean, but draft picks and cash do not count for salary-matching purposes in trades.
Either Tanguay’s information is wrong or it’s not being relayed correctly via media outlets. (There’s also option #3: I’m misreading the collective bargaining agreement. But I’m pretty sure I’ve got this right).
I’ve said it before: A Knicks-Celtics trade for Robinson is enormously complicated given his status as a base-year compensation player, and gets easier only if you add in a third team with cap space.
Something is missing in Tanguay’s report. Again: Take any trade-related news with a grain of salt.