Marion-O'Neal swap makes Heat better

The Marion for O'Neal deal doesn't make the Heat contenders, but it does make them better.

Updated: February 13, 2009, 9:08 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Contenders? Probably not. Getting warm? Definitely.

That's my five-second analysis of the Heat after the first domino fell on Friday -- kicking off what's expected to be a heavy week of trading -- when the Toronto Raptors sent Jermaine O'Neal and Jamario Moon to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. Miami also gets a protected first-rounder in the deal that has no chance of being theirs until at least 2010, while the Raptors get cash considerations -- almost amounting to a side ...

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