Saturday , Jan , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Riley Won’t Deny Marion-O’Neal Rumors

ith Alonzo Mourning retiring, Miami Heat president Pat Riley will have to look for help at center elsewhere.

In Toronto, perhaps.

Discussing the state of the Heat on Thursday, Riley did nothing to quash speculation he wants to trade power forward Shawn Marion to the Raptors for center Jermaine O’Neal.

Riley said he has talked with Marion about the situation.

"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."

As for reports the Heat requested medical information on O’Neal and the Raptors requested medical information on Marion, Riley said: "I could have made the same request to five other teams also. That’s just the normal process."