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CELTICS DEAL 7 PLAYERS TO BRING IN GARNETT

In the biggest trade for one player, Minnesota gets five now and two first-round draft picks.

Kevin Garnett gives Boston a new Big Three that brings the Celtics much closer to what their old Big Three delivered: an NBA title.

The Celtics, who have 16 championships but have gone without one for more than two decades, obtained the former MVP and 10-time All-Star on Tuesday in a 7-for-1 deal, the NBA's biggest trade for one player.

Boston sent the Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green, guard Sebastian Telfair and center Theo Ratliff, two first-round draft picks and cash considerations. Besides Ratliff, 34, the other four are 22 or younger.

With Paul Pierce and Ray Allen already on the roster, the Celtics have been transformed from a promising collection of youngsters who had the NBA's second-worst record last season into an instant contender in the mediocre Eastern Conference.

"This is probably my best opportunity at winning a ring," Garnett said.

The Celtics won their last championship, the third with the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, in 1986. Two members of that club orchestrated Tuesday's blockbuster trade, Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge and McHale, the Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations.

In other Timberwolves news, the agent for Troy Hudson said that Minnesota agreed to buy out Hudson's contract, making him a free agent. Bill Neff said he has reached a verbal agreement with team owner Glen Taylor to sever ties. The Wolves will pay Hudson just under $6-million this year and just over $6.3-million next season, about 80 percent of what Hudson was owed.

Pro gambler tells FBI he suspected Donaghy

A professional gambler has told the FBI that he long suspected that NBA referee Tim Donaghy was tipping off two gamblers separately, the witness' lawyer said.

The suspicions by the gambler, Peter A. Ruggieri of Glen Mills, Pa., stretched back at least two NBA seasons, said his lawyer, Christopher Warren.

Warren said Ruggieri tracked two heavy bettors and noticed they won big whenever they bet on games Donaghy refereed. One was so hot - "winning 60 to 70 percent" - that when he bet, Warren said, others followed.

WNBA: Former Wharton star Candice Dupree, who came in averaging nearly 18 points for Chicago, was held to just four in the Sky's 74-56 loss to host Connecticut. ... Tan White scored 20 for host Indiana, which beat Washington 66-57. ... Mwadi Mabika scored 19 to lead Los Angeles to a 73-63 win over host New York. ... Reserve Plenette Pierson scored 22 for visiting Detroit, which beat San Antonio 84-79. ... Diana Taurasi scored 19 and fueled a late comeback as Phoenix beat host Houston 76-74.

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