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The trade that wasn't?

We reported in today's Sunday Newsday that, according to sources, the Knicks had attempted to trade Nate Robinson -- as per his agent's request -- to the Memphis Grizzlies for former UConn guard Marcus Williams and a draft pick.

One source said the deal didn't go through because Robinson exercised his veto power to squash the move to Memphis. He has this right because the Knicks signed him to a one-year contract.

I had heard just before Christmas that there had been some talk with Memphis regarding Robinson, but a source with the Grizzlies denied there was anything in place. This weekend, however, a second source told me it was Robinson who killed the deal.

His agent, Aaron Goodwin, on Dec. 19 asked Donnie Walsh to trade his client if he was not going to be part of the rotation for the rest of the season. But the following day, Robinson said his preference was to stay with the Knicks and Saturday at practice -- a day after he celebrated his return to the rotation with a 41-point performance against the Hawks -- he re-iterated his feelings.

"This is home for me," he said. "I don't know anything else."

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Scoreboard watching:

The Knicks (13-20) have one of those must-win moments tonight at the Garden against the Indiana Pacers (10-22), one of 10 sub-.500 teams the Knicks will face in the next 14 games in January. Next up are the Bobcats (13-18), who currently holds that coveted 8th seed in a tie with the Bucks (13-18).

The Knicks, however, may not just be playing for 8th anymore. Consider they are a game behind 8th and just two behind the Bulls (14-17) in 7th and - amazingly - 2.5 games behind the Raptors (16-18) for 6th.


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