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New Sonics Guard Ray Allen will represent the United States in the 2004 Olympics.
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  • The Seattle SuperSonics today acquired guards Ray Allen, Ronald Murray and Kevin Ollie and a conditional 2003 first round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Gary Payton and forward/guard Desmond Mason, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced.

    Allen, a seven-year veteran and three-time NBA All-Star, is averaging 21.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.21 steals in 47 games with the Bucks this season.

    Originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft, Allen was traded on draft night along with Andrew Lang to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury.

    Allen averaged 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.25 steals in 494 career games with the Bucks.

    A member of the gold-medal-winning 2000 USA Menís Olympic Basketball Team, Allen was named to USA Basketballís 2003 Menís Senior National Team on Feb. 13.

    A six-year veteran, Ollie averaged 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 53 games with the Bucks this season. He currently leads the NBA in assists-to-turnover ratio with 5.03.

    Murray, a 6-4 rookie, was drafted by the Bucks in the second round (42nd pick overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. He averaged 1.9 points in seven games in Milwaukee this season.

    A 13-year veteran, Payton was originally selected by the Sonics in the first round (second pick overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 2.11 steals in 999 career games with the Sonics. Payton is the franchiseís all-time leader in games, minutes played, points, assists, three-point field goals and steals.

    Mason, who was selected by the Sonics in the first round (17th pick overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft, averaged 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 52 games with Seattle this season. He posted career averages of 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 205 games with the Sonics.

    The Sonics host the Milwaukee Bucks at KeyArena tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised locally on KONG 6/16 TV and nationally on ESPN.