For Boston, the Future Is Now
Ray Allen trade signifies rebuilding is over for the now-somewhat-less-hapless Celtics
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 3, 2007 5:18 AM CDT
Boston Celtics Ray Allen holds up his new jersey after being introduced to the media in Waltham, Mass. Monday July 2, 2007. Allen was acquired by the Celtics in a first-round trade in the NBA basketball...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Veteran sharpshooter Ray Allen, one of a select few stars who had expressed interest in playing in Boston, was formally introduced at a Celtics news conference, along with draft picks Glen Davis and Gabe Pruitt. Allen was traded by Seattle for two players and the fifth pick in a loaded 2007 draft.

The trade seems to indicate that Boston hopes to contend for a championship now in what is admittedly a very weak Eastern Conference, with the potentially high-scoring trio of Allen, Paul Pierce, and young up-and-comer Al Jefferson. After surgery in April on both ankles, Allen, 32, says he feels like he has "two new pairs of feet."