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Boston got best available offer

Danny Ainge waited for the best available offer for Antoine Walker and finally got one from the Mavericks.

Updated: October 21, 2003, 2:09 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

Back when Danny Ainge was negotiating his first contract with the Boston Celtics, his agent and the team's management met in Boston over the Fourth of July holiday to finalize the deal. It didn't happen.

Ainge wanted more money than the Celtics were paying Larry Bird. The Celtics were thinking something dramatically cheaper, although they never even bothered to come back with a counter-proposal. As then Harry Mangurian told Ainge's people, "If that's what you feel you need, then I'm not ...

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