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Payton, Baker almost moved on

Gary Payton and Vin Baker came close to moving on on deadline day.

Updated: February 23, 2001, 10:59 AM ET
By Frank Hughes | Special to ESPN.com

Gary Payton still is a Seattle SuperSonic.

Don't think that is for lack of trying.

It's simply that on a day that the NBA actually saw more trades than anybody anticipated, nobody was A) willing to give up a key piece of their team to acquire Payton or B) nobody had a package available now that was interesting enough for the Sonics because of base-years and opt-outs and little lambsy diveys.

After the trade deadline passes, the Seattle brass' spin was that the organization ...

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