David Thorpe on Jermaine O'Neal for Shawn Marion
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When I saw Ric Bucher's report that Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon have been traded to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks (pending league approval), I was hungry for some basketball analysis, and called David Thorpe, who was kind enough to explain.

What does this do for Miami?
It adds another big to the rotation. Also, it's an opportunity to try Michael Beasley as a small forward. It helps Udonis Haslem, by letting him move to his natural position, at power forward. And Joel Anthony, I assume, will come off the bench.

With that, maybe they can win a few more games, and made Dwyane Wade happy. But no one thinks they are contenders.

But they must feel like Jermaine O'Neal has something left.

Do you think that?
You can never account for motivation. I remember this off-season, everyone was so excited about how Jermaine O'Neal was working out so hard, raising his game. Talking to the Raptors, they were pumped up.

That dissolved quickly, however, when the team got on the floor and nothing much happened.

Last year, though, you had that trade of Shaquille O'Neal, and it's impossible to argue that he is not playing better now than he did before the trade. How much of that is the Suns' trainers, and how much of it is motivation? Paying attention to detail, trying harder, practicing harder and all that.

Now Jermaine will be playing alongside a superstar in Wade, he has a new coach, a new team ... We don't know what all that might do.

What about for the Raptors?
They are more or less saving money, which will give them flexibility to bring in young players to play alongside Bosh, Calderon, and Bargnani. I see Toronto like Portland a couple of years ago. More or less, you want to get cap space and picks, and start over again with young assets.

Will they get to keep Chris Bosh? I don't know. But maybe Andrea Bargnani is a keeper. And Calderon.
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Start over? This guy doesn't know Brian Colangelo does he? Colangelo said last week that he wasn't looking to go young and collect draft picks. It's not the way he does things. I believe he is determined to make this team better for next season and get Bosh to re-sign. Otherwise if he is in rebuilding mode Bosh would be on his way out by August!
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it wouldn't make sense to go young because we already have enough young players and our core are good young players that can mature together, no need to add anymore youth
cb, jose, Bargs are all young, with roko, hump, jawai, maybe joey, all between the young to very young age
if anything we need some experience
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it wouldn't make sense to go young because we already have enough young players and our core are good young players that can mature together, no need to add anymore youth
cb, jose, Bargs are all young, with roko, hump, jawai, maybe joey, all between the young to very young age
if anything we need some experience
The hardest part too that is we need it cheap,and they need to want to come here.
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