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Friday, August 06, 2004

The Glove better bring his mittens

Celtics Blog reports that the LA Lakers' Gary Payton and Rick Fox are coming to Boston in exchange for Marcus Banks, Chris Mihm and Chucky Atkins. There are some drafts picks and money involved too. Props to Celtics Blog for first reporting the trade rumor on Tuesday.

The big story here is the Celtics giving up on another young point in Banks. I guess they decided he wasn't the future (cue Chauncey Billups warning) and that the other young guys would benefit from the presence of vets like Payton and Fox, both of whose contracts expire at year's end. Still, this seems an odd move compared with the emphasis on getting younger in previous decisions by this front office. Maybe with New Jersey falling apart, they think we can legitimately make a run at the division this season.

Another strange angle to the story is that it's been confirmed by ESPN.com's Bill Simmons. When did Simmons go from writing sports comedy columns on Page 2 to being a legitimate reporter a la Marc Stein? Simmons has a column up on the trade already.