Robinson does want out, and a source close to the Robinson camp tells ESPN.com there's one place the former slam-dunk champion would truly like to land if a trade can be worked out: Boston.
Robinson also is what's known as a base-year compensation player, a designation given to any player whose salary rises more than 20 percent from the previous season (Robinson went from making $2.02 million to $4 million). If the Knicks found a trade for Robinson that was to his liking, they could only take back a player making $2.02 million or less -- and Walsh has been adamant that he will not take on any contracts that eat up the cap space he has squirreled away for next summer. (Note: A trade of Robinson to Boston for J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker would work under salary cap rules, but would add nearly $2 million to the Knicks' 2010-11 payroll. A Robinson-Marquis Daniels swap -- with all deals possibly brokered through a third team -- would make more sense for New York payroll-wise, but it is questionable whether that would interest the Celtics -- even with Daniels sidelined until the All-Star break by thumb surgery.)Uh, this kind of came out of left field. I guess when you're the best team in the league this is to be expected. Never been a big fan of Nate, but always nice to know that someone wants to be a Celtic. Not sure if he'd improve our team or not. He seems like the classic two guard in a point guard's body. The whole situation in New York is odd though. What does D'Antoni just pick a point guard every year that he will banish to a life of DNP-CD's? JR 12/21/2009 09:25:00 AM Tweet