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Keeping Allen outweighs losing McMillan

Updated: July 11, 2005, 4:37 PM ET
By Frank Hughes | Special to ESPN.com

Just as the eight-month-long cloud layer over Seattle begins to lift for the summer, a new one hangs forebodingly as the somber news that longtime icon Nate McMillan is leaving for the Portland Trail Blazers germinates in the collective consciousness.

It's almost as if news about Ray Allen's agreeing to a five-year, $80 million deal two days ago evaporated into a mist of sadness. McMillan, Mr. Sonic, whose retired No. 10 jersey hangs in the rafters of KeyArena, will saunter down I-5 and ...

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