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Jermaine O'Neal

More news from the land of the NBA Draft:

Sounds like the Jermaine O’Neal deal to Toronto is not set in stone. In fact, some might label it “speculation.” Is this another case of team management getting upset word was leaked to the media, so they pull the plug on the whole thing? You know, ala Doug Collins and Les Miles.

Actually, the issue holding the trade is related to T.J. Ford’s injury and something about the base-year of his contract — the NBA’s salary manifesto gives me a headache. Both players also need to pass a physical before any trades are approved. If the deal isn’t announced during tonight’s draft, Indiana will have the 11th pick with Toronto at 17.

The original trade had the Raptors shipping the 17th pick to Indiana for the rights to O’Neal.