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Updated: April 16, 2003, 3:27 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Frankly, folks, we were lucky.

There was indeed a mega-trade Thursday afternoon, even after all those gloomy forecasts warning that mega-trades are impossible in the luxury-tax era.

Something you should know, though.

The luxury tax gets the assist on Gary Payton-for-Ray Allen.

Finances motivated Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl to sanction the trading of his beloved Allen as much as the Bucks' basketball people liked the idea of jolting Furious George Karl back to full fury ...

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