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07-22-2002, 02:11 PM
Monday, July 22

Celtics acquire Baker in five-player deal

By Chad Ford

It looks like the Sonics have made a bold move that could eventually change the entire face of the franchise.



A league source confirmed to ESPN.com that the Celtics and Sonics have reached a deal that will send Vin Baker and Shammond Williams to Boston in return for Kenny Anderson, Vitaly Potapenko and Joe Forte. The teams will submit the paperwork to the league in the next few hours. The Celtics will hold a news conference at noon on Tuesday.

Facing the loss of Rodney Rogers, a key free agent, this summer due to luxury tax issues, the Celtics decided to act swiftly to replace Rogers scoring and inside presence. Baker, who had career highs in scoring (21 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg) for the Bucks during the 1997-98 season has struggled since being shipped to the Sonics. Last season Baker averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg, but only started 41 games for the Sonics. However, Baker averaged over 19 ppg versus Eastern Conference teams.

For the Celtics, the trade culminates a series of moves in Boston. In the last six months the team has dealt away two 2001 first-round picks, Joe Johnson and Joe Forte, its 2002 first-rounder and its starting point guard for Baker, Williams and Tony Delk. The Celtics were also able to rid themselves of Potapenko's contract. He'll make $27 million over the next three years.

Anderson is coming off his best season in years as the Celtics made their way to the Eastern Conference finals. Anderson's trade value may never have been higher. He is in the last year of his contract and was finally living up to the huge expectations he's been saddled with his entire career. While, at 32, he didn't have a long-term future in Boston, the move leaves a gaping hole at point guard for the Celtics.

For the Sonics, the move was clearly a financial transaction. Anderson is in the last year of his contract. Baker has four years remaining on his. The deal will clear nine million off the books for the Sonics next summer, allowing them to be a player in the free agent bonanza of 2003.

07-22-2002, 04:17 PM
I don't like that trade for either team.

07-22-2002, 06:18 PM
Frees up room for Seattle to give Lewis more money without hitting the luxury tax for all but the first year; or sign a player next year. provided Rashard Lewis's salary is reasonable.

07-23-2002, 09:19 AM
<< I don't like that trade for either team. >>

Looks like a pretty good personnel management move for Seattle.

1) They get rid of a huge contract in Baker, who wasn't contributing anything like proportionately.

2) They get a short-term replacement possibility for Payton, whom they can start shopping. They can likely make a major acquisition by moving Payton.

3) It puts them in a better position to attempt to retain Lewis.

It looks like a weird trade though from the East Coast.

07-23-2002, 11:51 AM
yea, but Kenny Anderson can hardly start in Seattle.
And Potatenko and Forte are worthless.

07-23-2002, 04:43 PM
my question is: where's rodney rogers going to go now?