Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD reports this afternoon that “The Heat has told center Shaquille O’Neal’s representation that it is talking about trading him and he should be prepared for the possibility of a deal, according to two officials close to the situation. Phoenix has discussed sending forward Shawn Marion and point guard Marcus Banks to the Heat in return for O’Neal.“Asked for confirmation, one of O’Neal’s representatives said O’Neal has been made aware that discussions with Phoenix are serious and ongoing, but that a deal was not definite.”
“Dallas also has been mentioned as a potential destination, though the Heat had not immediately informed O’Neal of that possibility.”
So the Heat would be trading for Marion’s expiring contract. Why the Suns would want Mr. Vitaminwater is one of the world’s most underrated mysteries.
Also keep in mind that O’Neal is very sensitive about being mentioned in trade talks. Since this has now gone public, we’re wagering he’s as good as gone from Miami.