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Heat Trades Shawn Marion to Raptors for Jermaine O'Neal

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

F Shawn Marion's most memorable play with the Heat was his last.

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Hours after Marion's last-second dunk on Thursday night lifted the Heat past the Bulls, he was traded yesterday to the Raptors for F Jermaine O'Neal, ending a weeks-long saga involving the expected deal.

NBA officials approved the swap by conference call, the Heat said.

Toronto also got G Marcus Banks and cash considerations, while Miami will receive F Jamario Moon and a future first-round draft pick, between 2010 and 2015.

The pick is lottery-protected, essentially meaning the first time the Raptors make the playoffs after this season, their first-rounder goes to Miami. If Miami does not get that first-round pick in 2010, it will get an additional second-round pick that year. The Heat also gets a $4.2 million trade exception.

· BULLS: GM John Paxson remained on the job, despite mounting criticism of the team's performance and his ability to make the necessary personnel moves to field a contender.

Although Chicago has played better of late, it is fourth in the Central Division at 23-30.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on its Web site that Paxson would step down but that the timing was not certain, while the Chicago Tribune reported he was strongly considering resigning -- probably at the end of the year.

· ROOKIE CHALLENGE: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge-record 46 points to lead the NBA's sophomores to a 122-116 victory over the rookies last night in Phoenix.

Durant shattered the record of 36 set by Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire as a sophomore in 2004. Durant helped hold off a late charge by the rookies with a three-point play, an emphatic dunk and two free throws in the final minutes.

· HALL OF FAME: Michael Jordan, John Stockton and David Robinson were among the 16 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. NBA coaches Don Nelson and Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer also made the cut from a field of 164, as did former NBA stars Dennis Johnson, Chris Mullin and Bernard King.

The election announcement will be April 6.

-- From News Services

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