Wolves win Wally-Ricky trade with Celtics

Trading season has officially arrived, with Thursday's seven-player, three-draft-pick trade between the Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves being the third swap in two days.

While there's going to be something very odd about seeing Ron Artest and Wally Szczerbiak matched up against each other in the Kings-Celtics game Friday, this deal signifies that the much-anticipated post-Artest frenzy is under way.

Boston gave up four players, but the one that matters most is Ricky Davis. He gives Minnesota a tough two-way talent who won't match Szczerbiak's offense but will supply more defense -- even though his motivation at that end waxes and wanes unpredictably. Mark Blount also should help in the middle simply by being less horrible than the flotsam Minnesota has been using at center ever since Rasho Nesterovic left.