This is the second time in the past two years the Pacers and Raptors
have had Jermaine O'Neal talks. The first time it revolved around the 1st overall pick which Colangelo elected to use in selecting Andrea Bargnani. Now the second time its TJ Ford:
According to a report in the Indianapolis Star, the Raptors and Indiana Pacers have discussed a deal that would send power forward/centre Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto in exchange for Ford, centre Rasho Nesterovic and one other player to make the deal work under the NBA's salary cap.
Toronto's first round pick (17th overall) at Thursday's NBA Draft is also believed to be in play.
Ok, so here's the deal. During the time of the first negotiations two years ago the hold up was due to O'Neal's huge contract which had four years remaining. Now, two years later that contract only has two years remaining:
Click here to view Jermaine O'Neal's contract figures
So with that said the risk isn't large anymore. Yes, he's owed a lot of money but with only two seasons left O'Neal isn't a long term liability anymore.
Whats more lets look at the time O'Neal's contract expires, at the end of the 2009/10 season. What do the Raptors
have going on that off-season? Well that just happens to be the off-season when Chris Bosh
can opt out of his contract and become and unrestricted free agent:
Click here to view Chris Bosh's contract figures
When considering this the deal makes perfect sense. The Raptors
will have a good idea about whether Chris is going to opt out or not before the end of the 2009/10 season and I know this because the man is an honest straight forward person. With O'Neals $23M off the books that off-season the Raptors
will be able to match any offer for Bosh
AND have money left over to bring in another nice player or re-sign O'Neal.
need rebounding, defense and low post scoring. Jermaine O'Neal gives you all of that and I think he and Chris would feed off each other. It would also take a lot of pressure off Andrea.
Originally Posted by jeffb
This guy is scheduled to make 21.3 million next season and 23 million in 09/10 season.His career numbers are 14PPG &7RPG? No way! And the last 4 seasons he's averaged 51GP!!BC would be nuts to pull the trigger on this.
That's not an accurate set of numbers once you consider he entered the league straight out of high school and hardly played in his first four seasons. That skews the numbers:
He's been more a long the lines of a 20PPG 9REB player since being traded to the Pacers and receiving minutes.