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    Dallas gets Walker from Celtics

    Associated Press
    DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks bulked up an already strong offense Monday, acquiring All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics in a five-player trade.


    Walker and LaFrentz can still battle, after they switch uniforms.

    The Celtics agreed to take center Raef LaFrentz and the four years remaining on a $69 million, five-year contract signed before last season.

    The Celtics also get Jiri Welsch and Chris Mills, players the Mavericks got in an offseason trade that also brought Antawn Jamison from Golden State, and Dallas' first-round pick in 2004. The Mavericks will get guard Tony Delk from Boston.

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed the deal to The Associated Press, saying it was pending league approval.

    "It's not every day that a 27-year-old All-Star becomes available," said Donnie Nelson, Dallas' president of basketball operations. "We feel we've got one of the most versatile coaches in the league. To add a player of Antoine's ability just gives [coach Don Nelson] more options to work with."

    Nelson struck the deal with Danny Ainge, who became Boston's head of basketball operations in May. The two are close friends, with Nelson having been an assistant to Ainge in Phoenix.

    Between his jobs with the Suns and Celtics, Ainge was a TV analyst and he said on the air he did not like Walker's game. Since joining Boston, he's said he had no intention of trading Walker.

    Now Walker, a three-time All-Star who averaged 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, goes from playing alongside one high scorer in Paul Pierce to being joined by four: Dallas' nucleus of Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Michael Finley, plus Jamison, who was added in August.

    The Mavericks, the NBA's highest-scoring team the last two years, have now upgraded a roster that won 60 games and reached the Western Conference finals last season. It also counters the changes made by fellow Western Conference opponents San Antonio, Sacramento and the Lakers.

    Walker has size (6 feet 9, 245 pounds) but can run the offense. His dribbling and passing skills make him the prototype "point forward" coveted by Don Nelson.

    Walker led the Celtics in assists the last three seasons, and he and Pierce combined to average nearly half of Boston's points during that span.

    "We see Antoine as a triple-double guy," said Donnie Nelson, the coach's son and an assistant coach. "I know in some form or fashion at the end of the game you're going to see the Big Three and Antoine Squared."

    Donnie Nelson said Nowitzki will get more minutes at center. Shawn Bradley and Danny Fortson, also acquired in the Golden State trade, will help man the position. Eduardo Najera could play there, too.

    Delk will be a backup swingman, with Travis Best still the primary relief for Nash. Nelson said Delk may be able to provide some of the intangibles lost when Nick Van Exel was sent to Golden State.

    "He's not afraid, he's tough and experienced," Nelson said, referring to Delk. "He's got a knack for making big shots and big plays."

    LaFrentz was acquired from Denver at the trade deadline two seasons ago, then re-signed last summer. He was mostly a disappointment last season, averaging just 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.

    The Mavericks had coveted Welsch in their trade with the Warriors but were willing to give up on the project to upgrade their roster now. The 6-foot-7 swingman from the Czech Republic was a first-round pick last season but saw limited time as a rookie with Golden State.

    The oft-injured Mills was seen as a trading chip from the time Dallas acquired him. The forward played only 112 games the last four seasons but has a big contract that expires after this year, which will help the Celtics clear room under the salary cap. He hasn't played this preseason.

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    Either they are looking to make another deal after this or they are aiming at scoring 130 pts a game. If the latter they better be prepared to give up 140 a game as they have no one to rebound or play defense. What are they thinking? Dirk is not your answer in the middle, he is basically a 7 foot guard.

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    So why did the Celtics make this trade???

    They gave up an All Star for a guy with a huge contract.

    Walker isn't great but you should be able to get something for him.
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    Danny Ainge was obsessed with getting rid of walker(the next best player to paul pierce, the celtics have had in 10 years.), and got nothing at all useful for him, i have been a celtics fan my hole life, but not after the dumba$$ trade, i hope ainge gets fired.
    Last edited by Masson26; 10-20-2003 at 06:37 PM.

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    What an ignorant move for the Celts. Trade your second best player for 3 scrubs? Dallas is insane it's impossible to feed 5 guys the ball. There will be a lot of whining and complaining.

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    that was a great move by Celtics

    he's your typical OVER-PAID, EGOTISTICAL athlete who fades in the play-offs (much like Jerry Stackhouse).

    Walker is purely a shooter, not a scorer. The past 3 years in the playoffs have shown that Walker is worthless.

    All he had done, in clutch time, is throw up 33-footers, and pray it goes in.

    Given that the Celtics have been knocked out before reaching the Finals, it's a smart move to get rid of Walker, who's likely to command MILLIONS on his next contract, when he really is a sub-par player.

    What the Celtics now need is to spend money on a center, to go with Paul Pierce.

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    what the heck is wrong with ainge?
    that pisses me off

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    I can see it now the final score

    Dallas 150
    opponent 240

    Dallas, all offense no defense

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    Originally posted by bdrr
    what the heck is wrong with ainge?
    that pisses me off
    Walker is a complete bum! He's been the only factor holding Paul Pierce back from being the best player in the NBA because Walker had to get his touches too. IMO, Pierce is even better than T-Mac and now he'll get to show it.

    Why keep Walker and his 10 Million salary around when he's horrible. Last year he averaged what was it? Like 8.5 points per game? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! They really didn't get all that great of a return for Walker but they did get a first round pick.

    Finally... a Boston team makes a good move!

  10. #10
    Originally posted by IggyWH
    Why keep Walker and his 10 Million salary around when he's horrible. Last year he averaged what was it? Like 8.5 points per game? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! They really didn't get all that great of a return for Walker but they did get a first round pick.

    Finally... a Boston team makes a good move!
    Yeah but you do realize that they just acquired the contract of Raef LaFrentz that HAS HIM MAKING MORE MONEY THAN WALKER.

    THAT'S WHERE THE CELTICS SHOW NO INTELLIGENCE.

    LaFrentz is making $69 million over 5 years.

    THAT AVERAGES TO $13.8 MILLION A SEASON.

    HOW THE **** IS THAT A GOOD MOVE????
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