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Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 13, 2009 8:06 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2009 10:53 pm

PHOENIX -- Dwyane Wade views the trade Friday that sent Jermaine O'Neal to Miami as a move that could propel the Miami Heat to a long playoff run. Chris Bosh sees it as what it is: maneuvering for the future.

Whether Bosh will be a part of that future remains to be seen.

"I have mixed emotions," Bosh said Friday. "I like J.O. He’s a great person and a great player. But I guess things weren’t working out the way he wanted them to. I hate to see him go, but it’s a business move that was made and we have to accept it and move on. G.M.s have to think about the future. There’s so many different scenarios you have to consider. It’s just all about making the correct moves for the future right now. It’s tricky. Hopefully it’ll help you right now, and it’ll give you flexibility later on."

Later on will be here sooner than Bosh thinks. By unloading O'Neal's $23 million contract for next season, Raptors G.M. Bryan Colangelo has some flexibility to go free-agent shopping this summer. He also maintains cap flexibility in the summer of 2010, when Bosh can become a free agent by declining his player option for the 2010-11 season.

So can Wade, and Miami will have as much cap room as any team in the NBA in '10. In the meantime, Wade thinks the addition of O'Neal and Jamario Moon will help.

"I think it gives us an opportunity right now to really compete in the Eastern Conference," Wade said. "In the first part of the season, it was throw the ball up and let’s see what happens with the team we have. But now you look at it and say, 'OK, we’re in fifth place right now, and if we mesh the right way with Jermaine and with Jamario, then we could do something."

UPDATE: This is important, Heat fans. Before you rip this trade, you should know that Miami received a $4 million trade exception as part of the deal. That's because Marion-for-O'Neal straight up satisfied the 125 percent rule for salaries matching up in trades. Toronto used a minimum-player exception to send Moon to Miami, and the Heat get a $4 million trade exception for the difference between Marcus Banks' salary and Moon's. The exception expires in one year.


Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2009 6:24 pm

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)


Usually bad play making decisions show up as turnovers or low shooting percentage. Moon seems pretty good on both. Please explain what you mean by bad play making decisions. Banks was not doing anything for the Heat, so it is not like they gave up anything  to get Moon. At worst, he will ride the bench like Banks was.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2009 2:51 pm

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

maybe riley the genius can get the answer from the pistons.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2009 1:29 pm

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

I would hardly call 13 and 7 producing. he ranks 82nd in the league in efficiency and isnt in the top 10 at his position. the man is set the make 20 million next season they should be getting double the points and 5-6 more boards a game for that kind of bank

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:48 pm

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Have fun Miama fans with Jamario Moon, maybe the most retarded player to ever play Basketball, He is going to boggle your mind with his play making decisions, I was so happy to see he was included in this trade, if they get him in an interview you gotta listen its priceless, Im pretty sure he stoped going to school in grade 2!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:45 pm

Marion is soft

For starters... I like both the Heat and the Raptors. This trade serves both teams well- it was a solid NBA trade. 

Toronto had a 'glut' of skilled bigs Bosh/Bargnani/O'Neal that could not be on the floor at the same time, but were short a wing player (Parker and Moon were their best). Miami has Beasley- a star in the making, but sitting behind Marion- with Udonkey Haslem as their best big.

O'Neal and Marion aren't necessarily the best wing or center option a team could go out and trade for, but they: (1) 'fit' better with their new teams (2) will help their new teams more than the guy that they were traded for this year (3) will fill the necessary 'departure' role that will allow each team to sign their studs in the future.

And, for the record, Marion is soft- possesses the ugliest jumper ever, throws those flicky floaters up at the hoop once help arrives and contact is looming, cannot create his own shot, and has never hit the floor once in his career. But will run the floor and finish on the break better than Anthony Parker or Jamario Moon.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2009 12:34 pm

Riley a genius??

I have to admit that Riley is pretty good to be able to pull this off.  The Heat may make some noise in the playoffs if they gel fast enough.  They got some pretty good talent for Marion.  I wish my Kings could make some moves like that.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:39 am

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Just dumping Bank's contract for 2010 makes this a win for the Heat. Throw in Jamrio Moon, $4million trade exception, AND a 1st round pick.

Moon essentially replaces Marion. Similar player. Not quite as good, but close enough. O'Neal is a HUGE upgrade at C over present tag team of Magloire and Anthony. This makes Heat a better team TODAY. $4Mil trade exception might even bring in the veteran point guard team needs (Earl Watdon?)

Extra salary cap room in 2010 plus future 1st round pick will make Heat better TOMORROW. Will have enough money to add 1 max player AND another near-max player. That is in addition to core Wade, Beasley, Chalmers, and Cook.

With one move Riley improves the HEat prospects for now. And he gives them a better chance for another NBA title in future.


Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:07 am

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Frankly, as a Heat fan, I did not expect them to make much of a splash in the playoffs with Marion. Adding O'Neal increases their chances of making a run, especially if he's healthy and meshes with the team. The fact of the matter is, the Heat had no presence in the middle, and O'Neal was one of the few viable options available. The fact that they got rid of aging Marion and his expiring contract, useless and expensive Banks, and got O'Neal and Moon, plus a future first-rounder, in return is great. The fact that they will have plenty of cap room in 2010 to re-sign Wade and perhaps lure Bosh to Miami is fantastic. All of this and they're in the midst of a playoff run is sublime, considering they won 15 games last year and this year was supposed to be no better.

Those of you who think this was a bad move obviously do not know basketball or the business behind it. Simple.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:00 am

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Good trade for the Heat. Doesn't propel them past round 2 in the playoffs. Bos, Clev, & Orl are too good. Just my opinion.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2009 9:46 am

Bosh, Wade react to trade (UPDATE)

Berger and doubters,


Why would we Heat fans rip this trade? Are you kidding me? Marion was nice, but he was leaving after this season anyways. We swapped him, a worthless, overpriced guard and our owner's pocket cash for Jermaine and Jamario -- an upgrade at center and a serviceable replacement at forward -- and that $4M trade exemption to make up for the loss of The Matrix. We're also getting a future first-round pick. This is not to mention we are in place to re-sign Wade and possibly add another high-tier player in '10. And please tell me which center this offseason would have been a better upgrade over O'Neal?

This was a smart move, obviously pending on O'Neal's health in the next two seasons. Like a previous poster mentioned, the Heat were supposed to be going nowhere this season so any postseason berth is an added bonus. This team is better off with a proven center in O'Neal rather than having a glut of forwards, especially when its keeping Beasley out of the starting lineup. Let the rookie grow, and if you've seen what he's done lately, the kid's MUCH better than during his first few weeks. He will only improve in all areas of the game. Good move, Heat. 


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