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Jermaine O'Neal Joins Raptors


The rumours are true.  We're shipping off T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, our 17th pick in tonight's NBA draft and a player to be named later to Indiana for Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal is a six time all-star who will greatly improve our frontcourt as he plays alongside Chris Bosh.  Of course, he has to stay healthy, which is something he hasn't been able to do the past two seasons.  We all know Ford had to go anyway, and although Nesterovic had a decent year last season, we need to get better at center and O'Neal should still have some gas in the tank.

The deal will be final as soon as O'Neal passes his physical.  Although there are risks, it's a good move for the Raps.

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