How is that Boston were allowed to obtain Antoine Walker for a player (Gary Payton) who had no intention of reporting to the Hawks…whom the Celtics have since reacquired?

At what point does it give David Stern pause that so many of the big deadline deals (particularly those involving New Orleans and Sacramento) were obvious salary dumps / attempts to clear cap room and had less to do with putting a competitive product on the floor in the near-term (though that said, the Kings didn’t seem to be missing Chris Webber in ther blowout win over defending champs Detroit this afternoon).