With the trade of Cleveland's pick for Rondo, I believe that ends the loose ends that began with the Antoine Walker trade. When Danny traded Walker, he was having ego problems and was working up to asking for a big contract, and chances are, Danny wouldn't have signed him anyway because of it.
If we look at the trade and follow all the threads out, here is the way it looks. Danny traded Antoine Walker Tony Delk First Round Pick
Raef LaFrentz Jiri Welsch Draft Pick Chris Mills
Mills was traded for Detroit's first round pick that was used to draft Tony Allen
The Dallas pick was used to draft Delonte West.
Jiri Welsch was traded to Cleveland for their 2007 1st round draft pick that was traded to Phoenix for Rajon Rondo.
Raef was traded to Portland for Theo Ratliff. (I know that the #7 pick, Dickau and Telfair were also involved, but we basically swapped Raef and Ratliff in this trade)
So to summarize the trade, Danny traded Walker, Delk and a pick for Delonte West, Tony Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Theo Ratliff. I would say that is a pretty good return on the trade.
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Yeah, the Walker trade did set us back a few years, being that we were transformed into a young rebuilding team. But it was necessary for us to do that, IMO. As he proved in Miami this past season, Walker is much better in a role that forces him to be the 3rd or 4th option, and not the main man. If he remained with us, he would not relinquish his big role on the team to be a 3rd or 4th option.
In the long run, we'll see that Walker had to be traded away.
I think that had we kept Walker we would have gone down hill from that ECF team and eventually had to start over again because they were good enough to be a fringe playoff team but would never have gotten any better with what they had. Now we have players who can really challenge for a championship along with a lot of chips as Danny calls them. I like what we have now much more than what we had then.