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NEW YORK — At first aghast, I figured Danny Ainge must be using Rick Pitino as his consigliere.

What other explanation could there be for the Celtics’ new tribal boss squandering the surplus skill of Antoine Walker (and Tony Delk) on the acquisition of Raef LaFrentz (Jeri Welsch, Chris Mills — an original free agent pull by Pitino — and a 2004 first-round pick) from the Mavericks?

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