And just like that, All-Star weekend is off with a bang.
According to this ESPN report, Miami and Toronto have just traded the two guys whose names had been swirling in trade rumors all season:
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.
The deal is pending league approval, according to sources, and if approved, would be announced later Friday afternoon.
Neither guy was particularly long for their respective city, so this isn’t exactly a surprise.
In Toronto’s case, they get rid of O’Neal (whose tenure up north has been nothing short of disastrous), and Marion comes off the books this summer. O’Neal, if healthy, will be asked to provide the Heat with the inside presence they desperately need in their postseason push.