By Sam Rubenstein

Months ago, I floated the idea that when Ray Allen was slightly banged up the Sonics should have shut him down for the season. They lost many lottery balls in the process of bringing him back, but now Ray is done for the season. Too little, too late for the #1 overall chance at getting the first pick. Right now the Sonics are lumped in a group with Milwaukee, Portland, Charlotte, Philly, and Atlanta. This could lock up the third most lottery balls for Seattle, but the consensus is that after the top 2, there is a steep drop-off in value. Maybe Seattle will be that mystery team that swoops in with blind luck and steals Durant from Danny Ainge’s tampering fingers.