Jermaine O’Neal, Jamario Moon Traded for Shawn Marion, Marcus Banks
Today it was revealed that two of the NBA’s most eminently tradeable players will be swapping cities, with the Miami Heat acquiring Jermaine O’Neal and the Toronto Raptors picking up Shawn Marion. Also involved in the deal are dunk contest dud Jamario Moon and Tracy Morgan lookalike Marcus Banks, two of your standard middling-to-mediocre book-balancers caught in the crossfire of the NBA’s CBA.
While I never expect particularly creative work from NBA general managers (well, except Zeke, and he’s in hiding now), it’s still a little disappointing to see the most obvious possible trade scenario come to fruition. O’Neal and Marion, both forehead-heavy underperformers shoehorned into subprime situations, are now set to start from scratch, again finding a role in equally unpropitious circumstances. Unless this is one of those classic move-before-a-move scenarios (what I like to call a "Gretzky trade"), I can’t help but deem this a desperation deal for both parties.
Still, I could be wrong. Shawn Marion could find his niche with the Craptors and kick-start a season which has thus far been a disappointment on a par with five of the Police Academy sequels. Miami, meanwhile, could find a way to make something of their Haslem-Beasley-O’Neal front three.
Don’t bet on it, though. In fact, if you live in a territory where such activities are legal, I’d advise you to put money on both franchises aborting their respective personnel experiments before long. As my man Sami said recently, sometimes you just have to blow it up and start over.
So, what do you think of the trade? Could either side benefit significantly from this deal or are TO and MIA just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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