View Full Version : Payton and Fox to Boston

08-06-2004, 02:20 PM
ESPN.com news services
The Lakers, in need of a big man since trading Shaquille O'Neal to Miami last month, had to give up Gary Payton to get one.

A source within the Celtics organization has told ESPN.com's Bill Simmons that Boston has dealt Chris Mihm (in a sign-and-trade), guard Marcus Banks, forward Chucky Atkins and a future second-round pick to Los Angeles for Payton, Rick Fox and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick.

Boston also receives cash in the deal, the source told Simmons.

The Celtics have scheduled a 4 p.m. ET news conference to announce the trade.

Payton, who in June exercised his $5.4 million option to play with the team next year, struggled in his only season with the Lakers' triangle offense. He started all 104 games the team played -- 82 in the regular season and 22 in the playoffs -- but averaged 14.6 points, his lowest output since the 1992-93 season, and a career-low 4.2 assists in the regular season.

08-06-2004, 02:23 PM
Already reported two threads down right here. (http://dallas-mavs.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=18471), but since you posted in that thread too I suppose you already knew that.

Consolidation of same topic threads is severely underrated.