CBS Sports: JO Still In Limbo
Old 01-29-2009, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess not really ground breaking news, but if the Heat deal doesn't go through then it would appear as though we're riding this one out with JO coming off the bench.

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Jermaine O'Neal smiled when I asked him where things stand with you-know-what.

"You mean the Miami thing," he said before the Raptors played the Nets Wednesday night.

Basically, O'Neal remains in limbo. He knows that Toronto would like to send him to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks in a trade that would free up the Raptors' offense for Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani. He knows Miami is watching him closely and studying his medical records to make sure his knees will hold up.

He knows it's nothing personal. No hard feelings toward Raptors G.M. Bryan Colangelo if the deal goes through.

"I'm just trying to get healthy, which has been the big issue for me the last couple of years," O'Neal said. The trade talk, he said, "doesn't bother me at all."

Colangelo is in wait-and-see mode, too. And he's not panicking. O'Neal has been effective coming off the bench the past three games after missing 11 of 12 to rest his bruised knee. Colangelo knows he has a valuable asset, because O'Neal's $23 million contract for next season expires in time for everyone to make a frenzied run at free agents in the summer of 2010. As of now, there's no deal with Miami. And while Colangelo waits for the Heat to decide whether to move forward with it, I'm told he's not actively shopping J.O. elsewhere. Two or three teams have inquired about him, and that only strengthens Colangelo's hand.

The Raptors are $222,000 under the luxury-tax threshold. Barring a trade proposal that blows Colangelo away, he's not inclined to push a team that entered Wednesday night 10 games under .500 over the punitive dollar-for-dollar tax.

In the meantime, O'Neal auditions for Miami and Colangelo smiles because he's contributing in a way that helps his team. And that only makes his $23 million expiring contract more valuable. At some point, something has to give.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess not really ground breaking news, but if the Heat deal doesn't go through then it would appear as though we're riding this one out with JO coming off the bench.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Anybody else sick of these articles regarding JO trades etc etc?? I can only imagine how Indy fans felt dealing with this for years on end. Geez, go away already JO
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Pat Riley is hopping that as season get closer to trade deadline some teams will get anchious and improve upon their offer.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Seriously, I hate this trade. I like JO coming of the bench and if we are giving Miami such a good contract then why are they giving us Banks. Fuck'em
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Gurk is coming to the darkside!!! The AI side!! book it

Forget taking on Banks' deal, forget taking on Barbosa's deal, just get on deal where all the $ expires next year and go from there with Bosh ab and calde and w/e we can get for 22mil in a slasher and some depth
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Gurk is coming to the darkside!!! The AI side!! book it

Forget taking on Banks' deal, forget taking on Barbosa's deal, just get on deal where all the $ expires next year and go from there with Bosh ab and calde and w/e we can get for 22mil in a slasher and some depth
That's why I am starting to like the JO for Marbury deal. 20 mil of the books for us next year
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That's why I am starting to like the JO for Marbury deal. 20 mil of the books for us next year
i'd go for that aswell, i prefer AI because i think he brings more in the limited time he would be here, but i would take Starbury aswell, strictly based on contracts, i dont think either is agreat fit here.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Anybody else sick of these articles regarding JO trades etc etc?? I can only imagine how Indy fans felt dealing with this for years on end. Geez, go away already JO
yeah, let's talk instead about how we're losing Bosh in 2010, which is much more interesting topic.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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nah, i like to talk about things actually happening. Bosh isnt leaving
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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things actually happeneing...hmmm... like Jose Caldron making all you yappy Dullards eat your own feet since he's been back playing Delectibly
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am secretly hoping for Bosh to get injured(light enough to sit out) and see the Bargs+JO frontcourt.
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things actually happeneing...hmmm... like Jose Caldron making all you yappy Dullards eat your own feet since he's been back playing Delectibly
if he continues in this next stretch of games, then talk, for now, those are games i think we should and have to win.
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nah, i like to talk about things actually happening. Bosh isnt leaving
and jo will, so you should continue talking about him ...
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There is no urgency in trading JO, espessially if he's ok coming off the bench.
He is good for team, good for future. Trading him to expiring contracts makes us start all over AGAIN next year, and who knows if Bosh wants to stay anymore after that.

Besides before trade deadline 2010, JO could net us some sweet players.
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There is no urgency in trading JO, espessially if he's ok coming off the bench.
He is good for team, good for future. Trading him to expiring contracts makes us start all over AGAIN next year, and who knows if Bosh wants to stay anymore after that.

Besides before trade deadline 2010, JO could net us some sweet players.

But we have a glut of big men and a lack of wing players... it's a problem. We're not going to be a 2nd round team this way... get rid of him now to get that wing combination we need next year and have a year to convince Bosh we can be really good. It's a sound plan.
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I know, im a broken record, but some of come around, others will The AI boat has the best motor!!!
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There is no urgency in trading JO, espessially if he's ok coming off the bench.
He is good for team, good for future. Trading him to expiring contracts makes us start all over AGAIN next year, and who knows if Bosh wants to stay anymore after that.

Besides before trade deadline 2010, JO could net us some sweet players.
He's okay coming off the bench.. for now. He's not going to stand for that much longer.
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He's okay coming off the bench.. for now. He's not going to stand for that much longer.
Hell, with JO, he might not stand much longer, period, toothpick man!!
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