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Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Posted on: January 22, 2009 9:32 pm

After the Miami Heat finished paying tribute to Alonzo Mourning Thursday, it was on to more pressing NBA business: Shawn Marion for Jermaine O'Neal.

A person familiar with the discussions put it this way to when I asked where the proposed deal stands: "On the health of J.O.'s knee."

The person, who is directly involved in the process, confirmed that the Heat and Raptors have exchanged medical information on O'Neal and Marion -- usually the final step toward completing a trade. Marcus Banks also likely would be going from Miami to Toronto to make the deal work under league rules.

Riley, speaking with reporters after Mourning announced his retirement, essentially confirmed the talks.

"I value Shawn Marion immensely," Riley said. "He is a tremendous player. I'm sorry this is going on right now, but that's the NBA business."

If O'Neal's ailing right knee is healthy, he could help bring the inside presence that Miami has been lacking-- especially defensively. His $23 million contract coming off the books after next season also couldn't hurt in the bid to pair Dwyane Wade with a major free agent. Marion's $17.2 million contract expires after this season, allowing Raptors G.M. Bryan Colangelo to make a pre-emptive free-agent strike in an effort to pair and All-Star with Chris Bosh.


Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2009 3:26 pm

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

The raptors need a second soild defender to help out anthony parker who is starting to show some wear from being the main defender of an already weak defencesive team he should be able to sure up their rebounding and also he has better ball- handeling skills than jamario moon who has been a HUGE disappointment this year but it going to be hard for the raptors to overcome this lull that their in they should also consider a taqean cook or homeboy jammal maglorie.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 8:05 am

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Im not a fan of Toronto,  but was i the only one that expected Jamario Moon to make more of an impact this year?  It seemed as though he was on that track after plenty of good ball lastyear.  It seems that J.O. brought a halt to that and didnt really mesh with the Raptors.  Calderon should be back real soon and a 3-pack of Marrion,  Bosh and Calderon,  throw in Bargnani and Moon and Toronto will be a force.  Interesting to see what happens,  but Marion's value will rise immensely!  Good time for Toronto fans.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 7:08 am

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Miami should hold off on its Championship aspirations for another year at least. Moving marion would be a good idea and the intent would be to get a contract that expires this yr. Jermaine O'Neal is a tin man (No heart) and no leadership ability at all. That also means he isn't willing to be led either. Riley should consider moving on as well, the youth movement in Miami should start now, and that includes management. Bring in good young talent and maybe aquire a veteran that truly wants a championship.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 2:43 am

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

This trade will 100% increase marion's stats.  Toronto's two main scorers are their big men, they do not have a swing man that scores at all (except for parker, but hes more or less filling the void until someone else arrives).  Therefore, marion will have calderon dishing to him and marion will be responsible for a lot of outside touches.  also, with bargnani opening up the floor with his un-orthodox style, there will be much more room for marion to slash to the basket. 

toronto can always use help on the glass, and with his ups, he will bring it.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 1:08 am

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

I think this is a good trade that will work out for both teams

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:47 pm

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Would this trade increase Marion's stats?

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:30 pm

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Carlos Boozer is proving to be injury prone himself and he is not someone to put Miami over the top.  I'd rather the Heat get O'Neal and let his contract run out next year.  Then the Heat have enough under the cap to sign Wade and either Stoudamire or Bosh.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:10 pm

Riley acknowledges Marion-O'Neal talks

Miami needs a solid big man to help Wade, and Marion likely wouldnt stay with the Heat after the season anyways. I see 2 potential drawbacks to this trade: 1.) Carlos Boozer is almost certain to leave the Jazz after the season, and Miami is a top destination of his. Trading for O'Neal would fill Boozer's position and he would likely sign somewhere else.  2.) Jermaine O'Neal is as injury prone as they come. He never makes it through a full season without a long stint to the injured list, so what good is he if he's not on the court?

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