MAVS MOVE AGAIN TO BOLSTER EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE



NBA.com's GM Survey listed Dallas as the team that is most fun to watch ... and that was before the Mavs acquired All-Star Antoine Walker from Boston on Oct. 20. Dallas also received Tony Delk while Raef LaFrentz, Jiri Welsch, Chris Mills and a 2004 first-round pick went to the Celtics.

Dallas' dilemma will be trying to stop the opponent from scoring. But who will stop the Mavs? The team's core players -- Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Antawn Jamison and Walker -- scored a combined 104.4 ppg in 2002-03.

"We have been looking for a point forward since I have been here and I feel we have gotten one of the best in the league in Antoine Walker,” Mavericks coach/general manager Don Nelson said. “Walker is an all-around great player who will fit nicely into our system."

Nelson was successful in employing Paul Pressey as a "point forward" for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1980s. Pressey was an excellent defender, but not the well-rounded offensive threat Walker is.

LaFrentz is reunited with his former Kansas teammate Paul Pierce, a two-time All-Star for the Celtics. Both players were selected in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft.

"Raef is a great complement to Paul Pierce," Celtics president Danny Ainge said. "He stretches the defense, opens the paint and is a good shotblocker."

The 6-foot-11 LaFrentz has hit 274 career three-pointers and has averaged 2.2 blocks in 318 career games.

Welsch, a first-round pick in 2002, is only 23 years old. "We would not have done this deal if Jiri was not included," Ainge said. "He's a very promising 6-7 combo guard. We are very high on him."

Mills, 33, missed much of last season because of injuries.

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Oct. 21: Mavs introduce Antoine Walker and Tony Delk: Play
WHO GOT WHO?
BOSTON
DALLAS
 
First-round pick
 
2002-03 STATS
PTS
REB
AST
MIN
9.8
3.5
2.2
28.0
9.3
4.8
0.8
23.3
4.8
2.4
1.0
12.5
20.1
7.2
4.8
39.4
1.6
0.8
0.7
6.3
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
Star-Telegram: Ainge's opinion of Walker isn't shared by Mavs
Boston Globe: Judgment requires long view
Boston Herald: Ainge defends deal
Boston Herald: 'Toine a roundball Rocket in Dallas
Boston Herald: Auerbach endorses Antoine deal
ESPN.com: Walker blasts Celts after trade to Dallas
Boston Globe: Ainge puts Celtics on three-year plan
Boston Globe: Walker had no wiggle room in Boston
Star-Telegram: Mavericks jettison LaFrentz's big contract
Boston Herald: Celtics gain friend
Boston Herald: Ainge shows guts
Boston Herald: Title hopes gone
ESPN.com: C's sell themselves short in Walker deal
ESPN Fantasy: Hooray for Raef