Now that Bynum is evolving to a superstar, will the Lakers even bother talking to Indy? I mean, I doubt Indy would give up O’Neal without including Bynum in the package, right? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!
HOOPSWORLD: There has been speculation recently that the Indiana Pacers will again open the door to trading Jermaine O’Neal. It’s not hard to see why that comes up, especially in light of how good Danny Granger is playing for the Pacers. Indiana sources contend trading O’Neal is not something the club is looking to do this season, but admitted an offseason sign-and-trade was possible if Jermaine indicated a desire to leave, something he has not done.
A Western conference source involved with a team that’s made passes at Indiana regarding O’Neal says that league-wide Jermaine is viewed as damaged goods. That means that while there is tremendous upside, his inability to stay healthy has really killed his trade value.
The source indicated Indiana will never get in return what he brings when he plays. With the turmoil going on in New Jersey and the teams with bloated contracts like New York and Dallas, it would seem that by the trade deadline, the offers would increase.
The real question on JO’s future seems to lie in his own desire to move, and his ability to stay healthy – it’s always dangerous to trade for a big man with knee problems and JO is wearing the “bionic” brace these days.