Incentive Cause

Updated: February 19, 2003, 1:01 PM ET
By By Peter Keating, ESPN The Magazine
Last July, when Boston shipped Kenny Anderson, Joe Forte and Vitaly Potapenko to Seattle for Vin Baker and Shammond Williams, Celtics fans were, to say the least, stumped. Whatever the cognoscenti thought of the swap talentwise, it seemed to make even less sense businesswise. The trade, after all, saddled the team with a third aximum contract (Baker's on top of Paul Pierce's and Antoine Walker's), thereby hog-tying GM Chris Wallace. Weird, huh?