Trade talks heat up

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Ray Allen and Michael Redd can hear the NBA rumour mill purring.

The Seattle Supersonics guard and Milwaukee Bucks guard, whose contracts expire at the end of the season, are the big names on the market heading toward the NBA trade deadline today at 3 p.m.

ESPN reported yesterday that contract talks between the Sonics and Allen have broken down. The Sonics, reportedly, are exploring the possibility of sending Allen to the Boston Celtics for a package including Paul Pierce.

"There's a great possibility of me being moved regardless of what is going on with the team," Allen told the Seattle Times. "Based upon the dynamics of this league, anything can happen. I won't rule it out."

The Celtics, reports say, are not anxious to deal Pierce. ESPN also claims the Philadelphia 76ers could be in the running for Allen, with a multi-player deal being discussed.

Meanwhile, all sorts of Redd rumours circulated yesterday. One has Redd and Keith Van Horn heading to the Portland Trail Blazers for a package including Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

"I said it all year long and I will say it again -- I am committed to Milwaukee, I want to come back and they have made a commitment to me," Redd said. "They told me they are not going to trade me and I believe that."

Blazers general manager John Nash told a Portland radio station yesterday that he has had trade talks with the Bucks.

Other significant players who have been mentioned in trade speculation are Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom and New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis.


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