Wednesday , Feb , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Shipping Jermaine O’Neal to New Jersey?

The on-and-off talks with Indiana involving Jermaine O’Neal — recently rumored to be on again — appear to be dying a quick and quiet death. According to those familiar with the particulars, the Nets aren’t entirely against swapping Vince Carter and spare parts for O’Neal, even if the Pacers big man has $44.3 million coming to him in the next two seasons.  The major snag is O’Neal’s chronic knee problem, which has kept him out of action since Jan. 19, and may keep him out until the trade deadline — making all discussion moot.

Such a swap would be made to appease Jason Kidd (for now, anyway), but with O’Neal ailing at the same time Carter appears to be nearing full health, it would be problematic. For the fourth straight game, Darrell Armstrong was Kidd’s primary sub last night against Minnesota, but coach Lawrence Frank hesitated to suggest that Marcus Williams has been dropped from the rotation. Of course, he also said that Armstrong was initially given the nod because of geography. Click here for more from the Newark Star Ledger.