Sonics get Kevin Durant, trade Ray Allen

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On June 28, 2007, the SuperSonics’ future changed forever – hopefully, in a good way, of course. With the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Seattle picked Kevin Durant out of Texas. This pick was not a surprising after Portland picked Greg Oden, out of Ohio St. as the No. 1 pick.

What was surprising was the trade of Ray Allen and Seattle’s No. 35 pick to the Boston Celtics for their No. 5 pick (Jeff Green from Georgetown), Delonte West, and Wally Szczerbiak. I would have thought that Rashard Lewis was on the trading block, but now it seems that the SuperSonics will re-sign Lewis.

Ray Allen, arguably one of the league’s best scorers, was not the type of player that could bear the burden of leading his team to the playoffs. He was with Seattle for 4 seasons, and went to the playoffs once or twice, I think. So I guess the SuperSonics were looking in a different direction, team-wise, by trading him.

I was never a fan on how Ray Allen arrived in Seattle. Four years ago, he was part of the trade that sent Gary Payton, my favorite all-time SuperSonic, to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Perhaps now they should bring back Gary Payton back to Seattle for some veteran leadership, and hopefully retire as a Seattle SuperSonic.

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