Sources: Allen decrees Wallace stays

Sources close to the negotiations between the Trail Blazers and Mavericks told ESPN.com that, at owner Paul Allen's insistence, the Trail Blazers suddenly prefer to keep Wallace.

Updated: January 18, 2004, 10:41 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks had to settle for a road victory Saturday night. It was not a Winner Gets Wallace night ... largely because of the low-profile billionaire in attendance at Portland's Rose Garden.


Just when it seemed Portland was prepared to make the most anticipated move of the NBA's trading season by dealing Rasheed Wallace away, Blazers owner Paul Allen -- not Dallas counterpart Mark Cuban -- had the biggest influence on Saturday's trade talks between the clubs. ...

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