Sonics Pick Durant, Trade Allen
SEATTLE, Wash - The Seattle SuperSonics are going to look like a different team next season. The Sonics tonight added Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant, Georgetown forward Jeff Green, Wally Szcerbiak and Delonte West and, subtracted seven-time All-Star guard Ray Allen from their roster.
New Sonics general manager Sam Presti selected Durant with the number two of the draft after Portland took Ohio State center Greg Oden first all. Presti traded Allen, Seattle's leading scorer since his arrival in the middle of the 2002-03 season, to Boston for Szczerbiak, West and the number five pick. Boston selected Green with the fifth pick, presumably for Seattle.
When the trade of Seattle's franchise cornerstone was announced on ESPN minutes before the Sonics chose Durant, a crowd of about 2,000 season-ticket holders and invitees at a draft party at Seattle Center booed, hissed and pointed their thumbs down. Many were wearing gold Allen jerseys with his No. 34. Those same fans cheers moments later as Durant's selection was announced. Green and gold streamers flew.