It appears it's a done deal between the Raptors and Indiana Pacers — all-star Jermaine O'Neal for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, the 17th overall pick and a player to be named later.
It's a challenge trade, to be sure — the Pacers need a point guard and the Raptors, well god knows they need some jam in the low post, a tag-team partner for Chris Bosh. Ball Don't Lie figures they need another reserve big man. What does that say about Andrea Bargnani?
Know why the NBA makes teams wait to announce these trades? That's a test to see if the local sportswriter knows his principals from his principles. Ford and O'Neal are the principals in a deal that's been agreed to in principle.
Report: Raptors land Jermaine O'Neal (The Canadian Press)
O’Neal nearing trade to Toronto for Ford (Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports)