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Riley Takes Colangelo to the House

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Pat Riley masterminded a brilliant trade as the Miami Heat traded Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O’Neal, Jamario Moon, and a lottery-protected first round draft pick. Basically he dominated former NBA Executive of the Year, Bryan Colangelo, and now has a team that can make some waves in the East this postseason. This trade is so much better for the Heat on so many levels.

Let’s break it down.

1. The Heat got the better players. The Heat didn’t need Marion from the moment they selected Michael Beasley with the second overall selection in last year’s draft. So, in a sense, they traded away their biggest headache who was going to walk away from the team this offseason and got to throw in Banks; ugly contract to boot. Coming to South Beach will be a rejuvenated JO and the dangerous Moon. Moon is a wildly athletic wing who will give them tenacious defense and a sparkplug off the bench.

2. The Heat save money for 2010. With all eyes on the 2010 free agent class, this works perfectly for them. O’Neal’s $23M comes off the books just in time to lure a Chris Bosh to come play next to Dwyane Wade. Wow. Plus, they save an additional $5M by getting rid of Banks because now the Raptors will be on the hook for paying a third-string point guard ludicrous amounts of cash.

3. JO will bounce back now. Watch. Just like when Shaq got dealt to Miami and experienced a newfound ability to play like his former self, so too will JO. O’Neal has seemed injured and/or terrible the past three seasons, and let’s try to understand why. Hmmm…it’s probably because he had to shovel snow in Indiana and Toronto all winter while playing for awful teams. Now he gets to sit out on the beach in paradise while he slots into the Miami frontcourt next to Udonis Haslem and Beasley, while forming a perfect complement to the backcourt solidified by Mario Chalmers and D-Wade. Scary good.

4. The Heat are contenders again. While they are still not as good as the Top 3 in the East, they are now right there with the Hawks as the next best thing. If we get a 2002-like performance out of JO and a jump in maturity from Chalmers and Beasley, this Heat team can make a run in the East playoffs. Never count out D-Wade, especially when he has some help.

5. Somehow they negotiated a first round pick away from the hopeless Raptors. Hilarious!

Bottom line, this Heat trade was magnificently done by one of the game’s greatest minds, and Colangelo is now faced with trying to explain this to the rabid Toronto fan base. Does anyone really think Marion is going to stick around next year when his contract expires? No. With Bosh expected to ride the gravy train out of Canada next year, what incentive would Marion have to stay? Now it appears Colangelo traded away his $23M salary dump for 2010, his best sparkplug youngster, and a pick, to rent Marion for two months and ultimately not reach the playoffs. Seems pretty smart.

    Comments

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    1. Paul says:

      Wow, brutal article. You overrate Joneal just as the raptors did when they traded for him. He's an injury prone shadow of his former allstar self, who was very overrated to begin with on a stacked pacers team. Everyone knows that he's a flow destroying black hole on offense despite not being a good offensive player at all with consistently pathetic shooting percentages and turnover rates, but the fact he plays below the rim now means he's hardly the defensive game changer anymore. The raptors actually become a statistically better defensive and rebounding team when Bargnani of all people starts at centre. With O'neal, they're the worst in the league. That doesn't bode well for Riley.

    2. […] Riley Takes Colangelo to the House – Pat Riley masterminded a brilliant trade as the Miami Heat traded Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O’Neal, Jamario Moon, and a lottery-protected first round draft pick. Basically he dominated former NBA Executive of the Year, Bryan Colangelo, and now has a team that can make some waves in the East this postseason. This trade is so much better for the Heat on so many levels. […]

    3. jon says:

      Marion is the best player in the deal, just couldn’t work in the slow down Miami offense. Moon is brutal, trust me. He’s a destitute man Shawn Marion. JO was pretty good but couldn’t elevate the Raps, he actually brought them down. Time will tell.

    4. dp says:

      Toronto getting rid of JO is a good thing. Way past his prime with the bum knee. It took him 3 months to get to NBA speed and when he did, he got injured and still wasn't quick enough. The young guys don't have to bang with him, they go around him.

    5. Trigger says:

      It is very apparent that jaywilli has never watched the Raptors play this season…ever. Jamario Moon is a career D-Leaguer who brought some energy last season and was cheap. He falls asleep on D and believes he is Ray Allen from downtown. He makes terrible shot selections. While I like JO and the attitude and emotion he brings, Marion is healthier and brings something the Raps have lacked since VC was traded. This is a decent trade for both sides and as far as the protected pick, your man Riley gave the Raps $3-mil so BC can buy another pick. It will be a late first rounder between 2010-2014 and by that time, BC will have already bought another one with RIley’s money. Do some research dude. I’m betting when Miami had the worst record in the league last year you weren’t bowing at his feet.

    6. bob says:

      Yea you obviously have no clue to as to what your talking about. Other then your comment about Toronto taking Marcus Banks contract everything was pretty much crap. JO's injuries will continue and he won't be that effective in the play-offs because Miami is still incredibly weak upfront. Moon has the basketball IQ of a peanut, he's wildly athletic but his decision making is pathetic.

      Nice snow shoveling reference to Toronto and Indiana……

      A protected first round pick isn't worth anything. You can pick up 20+ for around 1.5 million or less. Plus the pick isn't for this season which is probably going to be a better pick then in 2010.

      The only bad part about this trade for the Raptors was acquiring Banks and his contract. However, if he plays well off the bench for at least 10 minutes and brings energy then he'll be fine and could possibly be moved again.

      The Heat did alright Moon is a decent player, he's really a bench player. His contract expires this year and he'll be looking for around 3 mil/season so he prolly won't stick around with the Heat. JO is going to be good as long as he's healthy and we've seen that he isn't of course he could be like Shaq you never know.

      I guess only time will tell how this trade really worked out for both teams I think it was good for both of them.

    7. nubreed says:

      Need to clear up a few things.

      First off:

      “and the dangerous Moon. Moon is a wildly athletic wing who will give them tenacious defense and a sparkplug off the bench.”

      I’ve watched almost every Raptor game for the past 2 seasons. I’ve seen Moon play. The last thing he is, is dangerous. He’s wildly athletic but he’s also weak and lacks confidence. Unless he gets a CLEAR path to the basket, he’ll opt to take the ill-advised jumper 90% of the time.

      His defense is just as bad though. My favourite is how he constantly bites on pump fakes. It’s hilarious how he always falls for it and the opposing player just draws the foul off him.

      “2. The Heat save money for 2010. With all eyes on the 2010 free agent class, this works perfectly for them. O’Neal’s $23M comes off the books just in time to lure a Chris Bosh to come play next to Dwyane Wade. Wow. Plus, they save an additional $5M by getting rid of Banks because now the Raptors will be on the hook for paying a third-string point guard ludicrous amounts of cash.”

      Toronto loses JO’s contract *now* and get and get more off the books in the summer. This gives them some “breathing room” at the moment to add more depth. We’ll see about Banks once he gets some consistent minutes. He can’t be worse than what our back up PG’s are like now anyways. Apparently he’s a solid defender, which we desperately need on the perimeter.

      “3. JO will bounce back now. Watch. Just like when Shaq got dealt to Miami and experienced a newfound ability to play like his former self, so too will JO. O’Neal has seemed injured and/or terrible the past three seasons, and let’s try to understand why. Hmmm…it’s probably because he had to shovel snow in Indiana and Toronto all winter while playing for awful teams. Now he gets to sit out on the beach in paradise while he slots into the Miami frontcourt next to Udonis Haslem and Beasley, while forming a perfect complement to the backcourt solidified by Mario Chalmers and D-Wade. Scary good.”

      Pretty sure he stayed in a condo in Toronto so no snow shoveling. Those early days in Indiana weren’t too bad either. I do agree though, that Miami filled a bigger whole than Toronto. At the same time, the Raps didn’t need JO (as our record proves the trade didn’t help at all) so it was a win-win for both teams.

      “4. The Heat are contenders again. While they are still not as good as the Top 3 in the East, they are now right there with the Hawks as the next best thing. If we get a 2002-like performance out of JO and a jump in maturity from Chalmers and Beasley, this Heat team can make a run in the East playoffs. Never count out D-Wade, especially when he has some help.”

      They’re hardly contenders but they’re definitely more complete now. I wouldn’t expect some magical maturation from most of the Heat so they won’t be a scary team to play. Still too young.

      “5. Somehow they negotiated a first round pick away from the hopeless Raptors. Hilarious!”

      Conditional first round pick that will be no better than 15th place or something like that. Plus the Raptors got cash for the pick so it’s not like it was given as a bonus.
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      Hardly taken to the house.

    8. David J. Verjano says:

      I have to a agree with you because the Miami Heat did get the better end of this deal in my opinion. I mean there’s a first round pick involved in the deal too! We get rid of two players that were not really “needed” and gain some height and skill. I’m sure O’Neal will help the Heat close the rebound gap in many games from now on. Your headline might have offended many Raptors fans (like the ones who posted before me) but that’s okay because we all truley know that Riley > Colangelo. If you want to read about my evaluation of O’Neal in the Miami Heat, visit this link: http://miamisportsgen.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-compatible-is-jermaine-oneal-with.html

      Keep up the good work.

    9. Stoeten says:

      How’d JO look last night there, champ?

    10. Adebayor says:

      I could be wrong… but didn’t Colangelo come to Riley looking of offload JO? I.e. he didn’t mastermind anything, he just got himself a good deal is what I’m trying to say.

    11. Naveen Fletcher says:

      Excellent Article.. just Excellent.

      Collangelo is absolutely retarded. I know that Obama just got in trouble for saying a similar phrase about himself, but is Collangelo trying to make the Raptors into a team that can qualify for the Special olympics? From Marcus Banks, to Shawn Marion's handicaped jump shot. Shawn Marion is an athlete, who thrieved with Steve Nash, 'cause Nash set him up and built his confidence. He was drilling ugly formed jumpers, because he felt great. The Raptors had a descent team, with a motivational coach who made them feel confident. They were going through hard times after Vince Carter tore their hearts out with that game winning reverse.. and unfortunately they faced some hefty competition after that. Collangelo needed to place blame and shake things up, which has left us with this result, an AllStar D-league team at best, with Bargnani and Bosh doing everything they can to try and keep their team's heads above water.

      PS Does anyone know when Collangelo's contract is up? Fire him please.

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