Mavericks breaking all the rules

Danny Ainge's trade of Antoine Walker would've been a success if the names Nash or Nowitzki were involved.

Updated: October 21, 2003, 2:04 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

You never trade your best player (or second-best player) for anyone other than the other team's best player (or second-best player). But for the second time in three months, the Dallas Mavericks have gotten a team to violate that sacred NBA principle.

By getting Antoine Walker and Tony Delk from Boston for Raef LaFrentz, Jiri Welsch, Chris Mills and a future No. 1 pick, the Mavs, essentially, traded Nick Van Exel and LaFrentz -- and their $100 million in combined contracts -- for Antawn ...

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