MILWAUKEE — It was one of the most controversial trades in Milwaukee Bucks’ history.
On Feb. 20, 2003, the Bucks dealt Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie and Ronald Murray to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton, Ron Murray and a conditional future draft pick.
Payton and Allen were the principal figures in the transaction. Payton wound up playing 28 games for the Bucks before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. Payton retired in 2007 and is headed to the Hall of Fame.
While all of the other individuals who were a part of that Milwaukee-Seattle trade are out of the game, Allen is still playing well.
Allen, 37, played a major role in the Heat completing a four-game sweep of the Bucks Sunday in the opening-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Allen scored 20 points in Game 1 and 23 points in Game 3. In Game 4, Allen gave the Bucks fits again. He scored eight quick points off the bench in the first quarter and delivered an important 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. He finished with 16 points.
Allen reflected on his tenure with the Bucks and the infamous trade and said he didn’t harbor “any bitterness” toward any Bucks officials. That includes then Bucks coach George Karl, with whom he often butted heads.
Allen said that he hasn’t spoken to Karl since their Milwaukee days, even though they have seen each other on numerous occasions. “We’re like ships passing in the night,” Allen said.
Before signing with Heat last summer as a free agent, Allen said he also had offers on the table from Memphis and Minnesota. He said Milwaukee never contacted him.
One last time
Jim Boylan probably coached his last Bucks game Sunday.
Boylan replaced the fired Scott Skiles on Jan. 8 and guided the Bucks into postseason play. But the Bucks struggled down the stretch during the regular season and didn’t play particularly well in the playoffs.
There is speculation Boylan could learn of his fate as soon as Monday.
“He did a good job.” Bucks center Larry Sanders said of Boylan. “He did his best he could under some tough conditions.”
Added Miami coach Eric Spoelstra: “Jim did a great job despite all the adversity.”
Brandon Jennings, who predicted the Bucks would beat the Heat in six games, had a horrific series.
Jennings connected on only 1 of 7 shots and had just three points in Sunday’s season finale. For the four-game series, Jennings wound up making 17 of 57 field-goal attempts – 29 percent. He was also 6 of 28 on 3-point attempts – 21 percent.
The future of many Bucks is hanging in the balance.
J.J. Redick, Mike Dunleavy, Samuel Dalembert, Marquis Daniels and Joel Przybilla are unrestricted free agents, meaning they can sign with any team this summer without the Bucks receiving compensation. Monta Ellis has an opt-out clause in his contract and also can sign with anyone. Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks can match any offer made to him.
Head coach Jim Boylan and his assistants – Sidney Moncrief, Joe Wolf, Anthony Goldwire, Bill Peterson and Chris Gilmartin – are also in the final year of their contracts as are head athletic trainer Marc Boff and player personnel director Dave Babcock and scouting director Billy McKinney.
Around the horn
Heat superstar Dwyane Wade sat out Game 4 with a knee problem. … Bucks owner Herb Kohl spent some time in the team’s locker room before the game and wished each player good luck. … Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews was shown on the Jumbotron and drew a rousing ovation. Heat president Pat Riley was shown on the Jumbotron a few minutes later and drew a chorus of boos. … NBA commissioner Dave Stern also made a rare appearance at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. … Bucks reserve center Samuel Dalembert on the Bucks’ season: “It was a very strange season, a very confusing season, for sure.”