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:
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 of Andrea.