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Celtics About to Punch Ticket

Boston scores Garnett, will send Big Al, Telfair, Ratliff, and Green to 'Sota
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 4:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Where the Celtics failed late last month, they now seem to be succeeding in prying 12-year vet and 2004 MVP Kevin Garnett from Minnesota. Pending the trade, Boston will have the formidable trio of Garnett, new pickup Ray Allen, and franchise stalwart Paul Pierce; they should become instant contenders to rival Detroit and Boston in a hapless East.

The Big Ticket had rejected the idea of playing for Boston before the team traded for sharpshooter Ray Allen. The summer now marks the abandonment of a long and unsuccessful youth movement, and consequently the end of Pierce's related frustration. Boston now enters serious luxury-tax territory: its stars will make a combined $58 million in 2007-08 alone. (Read more NBA stories.)

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