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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.

O'Neal, 35, was shocked by the turn of events, an associate said. O'Neal helped lead the Heat to the 2005-06 championship, but Miami has struggled since, losing in the first round of the playoffs last season and opening this season with a league-worst 9-37 record.

After this season, Marion can opt out of the last year of his contract worth $17.1 million. If Marion opts out, trading O'Neal would give the Heat substantial salary cap space this offseason, when potential free agents include Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis, Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Ron Artest and Corey Maggette.

Marion, 29, is a four-time All-Star and considered one of the NBA's most athletic small forwards. Marion, 6-7, is averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds.

Banks, 26, is averaging 5.2 points and 1.0 assists. After this season, he has three years left on his contract worth a total of $13.4 million.

O'Neal, who has been out with a hip injury, has two years left on his contract after this season. He will be paid $20 million each of the next two seasons.

On Tuesday, coach Pat Riley said O'Neal was scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his ailing left hip, which has kept him out the past six games.

''We just want to back it up and see, after two weeks, what it shows,'' Riley said.

Riley gave no indication as to when O'Neal would return to the lineup. Riley said O'Neal must strengthen his legs before returning to action, and that the center will be one of six players to miss Wednesday's game at Detroit.

Heat officials were on their way to Detroit and could not be reached for comment.

Mairen06
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no one is going to trade for him he has such a big contract but now a days u never know but it will be tough to move him

laclippers
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I doubt the trade will be executed, but it is possible. I think Phoenix would be the loser of a Stoudemire-O'Neal trade

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It's pretty much official- Shaq to the Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. Wow what a crazy trade:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=j ... ;type=lgns

On one hand the Suns have to live with Shaq's monstrous contract for another season, but the Heat have to take on Marcus Banks' bad contract themselves. Very interesting indeed. How is Shaq going to fit in in that Phoenix run-and-gun offense?

Mairen06
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he got trade to the suns all is pending on a physical

wow

Mairen06
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forgot to put that it was for marion and banks

on the heat side excellent trade for the suns what are they thinking?????????

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It was a chess move to counter the laker trade for gasol and the rest of the West and it's big big front courts. The Suns threat are the Lakers and by using

Shaq in the middle and moving Amare to the PF , the suns can also fortify themselves with a big front front court. I see this as a smart move. How can you jump start Shaq's career? Playing against Kobe and the Lakers and playing in the same division. Smart move!

The real reason? They needed to bulk up for the Kaman, EB, Thornton show!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Happy

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Terrible move for the Suns. Sure you gave up a unhappy player in Marion, but got SHAQ in return??? C'mon, the guy has lost his game. He's just meat in the middle, and for how long will that be even??

Great move for the Heat. You get an all-star caliber player who is not old yet, plus Marcus Banks (who is average I'd say, but still young) and You get rid of that waste of space inside. Alonzo Mourning is 10 times the man Shaq ever was. Zo played with heart, Shaq thinks he's the best there ever was. Shaq dominated the paint in his time when he could muscle his way inside without offensive whistles. He was good, but he's not the same.

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TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE MOVE FOR THE SUNS how foolish. Marion and Banks are great players, who are reasonably priced. Shaq is an overrated, overpayed center that is no better than average. Very bad move by Mike D'Antoni and Steve Kerr. I am appauled. I hope the Clippers can get one of these super star for nothing trades.

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