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Eastern Conference trades begin

Posted By Jessica Camerato On February 13, 2009 @ 1:44 pm In General | 1 Comment

ESPN the Magazine‘s Ric Bucher [1] has reported the Miami Heat [2] have agreed to trade Shawn Marion [3] and former Boston Celtic Marcus Banks to the Toronto Raptors [4] in exchange for Jermaine O’Neal [5] and Jamario Moon. According to Bucher, the deal is pending league approval and would be announced Friday afternoon if it goes through.

So what could this mean for the Celtics [6]?

This move could get the Raptors back to the playoffs, potentially as a first round match up for the Celtics. Even though they have the second worst record in the East (21-34), they are only five games out of the eighth spot. The problem was O’Neal could not figure out how to play a secondary role to Chris Bosh (as he told WEEI.com in November [7]). Rather than clogging the post, Marion can spread the floor with his outside shot. This balances the Raptors lineup, one that certainly has the potential to make a push in the East.

The Heat (28-24) currently hold the fifth spot in the East. The addition of O’Neal gives them the big body they have been missing since Shaq left and a reliable option for Dwyane Wade [8] to find down low. Suddently the Heat have a solid 1-2 punch.

The Celtics swept the Raptors 4-0 this season. They are 1-0 against the Heat and will face them next on March 11 in Miami.

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[1] ESPN the Magazine‘s Ric Bucher: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3905146

[2] Miami Heat: http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm

[3] Shawn Marion: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shawn-marion.htm

[4] Toronto Raptors: http://media.weei.com/basketball/toronto-raptors.htm

[5] Jermaine O’Neal: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jermaine-oneal.htm

[6] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[7] as he told WEEI.com in November: http://blogs.weei.com/jessicacamerato/2008/11/11/oneal-struggling-to-achieve-celtics-success/

[8] Dwyane Wade: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm

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