The NBA draft didn't yield the blockbuster deal for the names most often mentioned in the last few weeks, meaning Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett or Amare Stoudemire, but the Celtics did reel in veteran All-Star guard Ray Allen from Seattle. As part of their compensation, the Sonics got the rights to Boston's No. 5 pick, Georgetown forward Jeff Green, who joins Seattle's own first-round selection and the No. 2 overall, Texas' Kevin Durant.
The trade illustrated a stark contrast in how the teams see their respective futures. For the Celtics, it gives them some proven scoring punch to go along with Paul Pierce, but they're sacrificing youth in the hope that the experience in their lineup with yield immediate results. By the time the season gets going, Allen will be 32 and Pierce will be 30.
For the Sonics, it gives them a strong foundation for the future. Durant will be 19 and Green 21 when the season is in full swing. Seattle also got Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West from Boston and gave up their own No. 35 overall pick.
Otherwise, the draft went as expected, with Portland grabbing Ohio State's Greg Oden with the No. 1 pick. Yi Jianlian, the intriguing prospect from China, was taken No. 6 by the Milwaukee Bucks.