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Old 07-09-2008, 08:54 AM   #7
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Default Re: Welcome Jermaine O'neal!!

The Raptors announced the signing of free-agent forward/guard Hassan Adams yesterday and will introduce centre Jermaine O'Neal to the Toronto media this afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

In a deal that will become official today, the Raptors traded point guard T.J. Ford, centre Rasho Nesterovic, forward Maceo Baston and centre Roy Hibbert, Toronto's 17th overall selection from this year's draft, to the Indiana Pacers for O'Neal and Indiana's 41st overall pick from the draft, 6-foot-10, 280-pound Australian Nathan (Baby Shaq) Jawai.

O'Neal, 29, is a six-time NBA all-star, although knee problems have kept the 6-foot-11 centre to an average of 51 games a year for the past four seasons.

Also on hand at a media event this afternoon will be point guard Jose Calderon, who has re-upped with the Raptors reportedly for five years in a deal worth $7.5-$8.5 million US a season.

With Ford gone, Calderon will become the Raptors' full-time starting point guard and is expected to be backed up next season by Toronto's 2005 second-round pick Roko Ukic, who played last season with Lottomatica Roma.

Adams, who attended the club's free-agent camp last month at the ACC, signed a two-year contract.
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