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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

doesn’t get much farther apart than that.

The Celtics are working, and the Thunder is a work in progress.

Keep this in mind: In the NBA, you’re nothing if you’re not in the playoffs.

With mainstays Allen and Rashard Lewis, the Sonics were 173-185 overall and had missed the playoffs four of the five years they were together (Allen arrived with 29 games remaining in the 2002-03 season).

That’s not exactly breaking up the Lakers.

Allen’s game had peaked, Lewis was peaking in terms of salary demands, and the Sonics still weren’t getting to the playoffs.

A long-term commitment to Allen and Lewis would have been financial suicide, with no private suite money to help pay the way because the Sonics played in the worst arena in the league.

The Celtics got what they wanted in The Trade.

Time will tell whether the Thunder gets what it wants.