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OKC Thunder: Allen helped Celtics turn The Trade into NBA title

By John Rohde Modified: November 5, 2008 at 11:01 am •  Published: November 5, 2008
It was NBA Draft Day 2007, literally seconds before the Seattle SuperSonics were about to select Kevin Durant with the No. 2 overall pick. New Sonics general manager Sam Presti announced he had shipped perennial All-Star guard Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and the No. 5 draft pick, who roughly one-half hour later turned out to be Jeff Green.

The Celtics also received the 35th overall pick from the Sonics in Glen "Big Baby” Davis.

Boston, which visits the Ford Center today for a 7 p.m. game, pursued the Sonics about the deal.

Small talk became bigger conversations. The Celtics made an offer, and Presti did what he thought was best for the Sonics.

The trade paid immediate dividends for Boston, which won its first title since 1986.

Presti said he is happy for Allen, an icon in Seattle. "I would never have anything bad to say about Ray Allen,” Presti has said. On draft night, Presti said his decision to trade Allen was "tremendously difficult.”

Respect aside, Presti didn’t do what he thought was best for Allen. Presti did what he thought was best for the Sonics/Thunder.

Presti no longer talks about The Trade, choosing to discuss the present and the future, not the past.

Good trades work out well for both teams, so where does that leave this one?

The Celtics are world champions, and the Thunder is scrambling to stay out of the NBA cellar.

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