Toronto Raptors & Miami Heat Pull The Trigger

We have been reading about it for some time and it finally went down.  Hear is a quick review as I have been able to find them…

A good review of the deal from the Star:

” Toronto gets

Shawn Marion

30 years old, 6-7, 228

Season averages: 12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 36.1 mpg, in 42 games, 41 stars

Salary: $17,810,000 this year, expires

Marcus Banks

27 years old, 6-2, 205

Season averages: 2.6 ppg, 1.4 apg,, 10.4 mpg in 16 games, zero starts

Salary: $4.26 million this season, $4.553 million in 2009-10, $4.87 million in 2010-11.

Cash considerations

Miami gets

Jermaine O’Neal

30 years old, 6-11, 260

Season averages: 13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 29.7 mpg in 41 games, 34 starts

Salary: $21.372 million this season, $23.016 million in 2009-10.

Jamario Moon

28 years old, 6-8, 205

Season averages: 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rebounds per game in 54 games, 39 starts

Salary: $711,517 this season, expires

Conditional draft pick: tMy man Ira at the Sun-Sentinel reports it’s a 2010 pick lottery protected through 2014. If Toronto doesn’t make the 2010 playoffs and keeps the pick, they will give up a second rounder that year to the Heat. If the Raptors don’t make the playoffs between 2010 and 2014, they wouldd give up their 2015 first-round choice to Miami. ”

“Colangelo insisted Marion was obtained for more than his expiring $17.8 million contract.

“Shawn is a piece that should be given an opportunity to fit in with the team,” said Colangelo, who worked with Marion while a Suns executive. “He’s not necessarily a rental player, that’s not necessarily the case.

“Shawn could be a valuable piece with this team in this system. One of the by-products is future flexibility but this is as much about now as the future.”

Colangelo acknowledged the agreement on the draft pick and the attached conditions closed the deal.

“The pick really was the difference in us not making the deal for a long time,” he said.

Colangelo also tried to sell the merits of Banks, who failed in limited opportunities with the Heat.

“Marcus will add scoring and defensive punch to our lineup and should benefit from the change of address,” he said.

In the end, the Heat got the size it needed, while the Raptors get the cap space they covet.

“This is a win-win,” Colangelo said.”

That from the Sun-Sentinel

From the Miami herald:

“With this deal Miami improved in the immediate, resisted the temptation to trade Beasley and all that wonderful potential for a splashier deal now, and kept all its chips for the major play in 2010. The Heat also gets from Toronto a future non-lottery first-round pick, no small thing.

Right now it isn’t about adding another O’Neal. It’s about building, about keeping D-Wade happy. Imagine Wade surrounded by Bosh, by a blossoming Beasley and Chalmers. Imagine.

Bear in mind this Heat franchise was 15-67 just one season ago.

Now it is 28-24 at the All-Star break, better since Friday’s trade than before it, and poised to get itself back into title contention before long.

You feel a plan. See a blueprint coalescing.”

That one worries me the most folks as I don’t see that at all for the Raps- I don’t know much, but I don’t like a first rounder going the other way… Read the herald here

Opinion from the star:

“Any time you get a quicker chance to add players, the better, in my opinion and now Toronto can be a player – in trades as much as anything – this summer.

Yes, they lose toughness but I think overall, a starting lineup of Calderon, Parker, Marion, Bosh and Bargnani is better than Calderon, Parker, Bargnani, Bosh and O’Neal. The Raptors bench of Kapono, Graham and Ukic is okay at the two-three and maybe the one spot but they will be thinner up front. Marion can play some four, though; there are those who thinks that’s his best position.

The money? Well, the Banks contract’s not great but Toronto may still have enough, depending on what it does in the coming summer, to get in on the tail end of the 2010 free agent sweepstakes. I’ll take a look at the financials more closely for the morning, though. The mind’s racing right at the moment.

The Heat? Pat Riley knew they were not nearly big enough to challenge the top three teams in the East, he loves big guys and Marion was not going to re-sign in the summer.

Overall, I’d say Toronto came out okay. Not great, certainly not slam dunk, but not a bad deal all in all. ”

Read Doug Smith here

I am surprised at how little commentary there is on the deal and I have yet to see a comment from any of those involved…

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