Reports: Raptors in talks with Pacers to deal Ford for O'Neal
The Raptors -- eager to move an unhappy Ford and make Jose Calderon their starting point guard -- also would include center Rasho Nesterovic and possibly their first-round pick in Thursday's draft, both newspapers reported.
One sticking point might be O'Neal's health. He played in 42 games last season because of a left knee injury, though Pacers officials said recently that O'Neal is healthy, according to the Indianapolis Star.
O'Neal, a six-time All-Star, averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game last season, and is currently working out in Las Vegas.
A second issue might be the financial burden O'Neal poses. He is set to make $21 million this season and $23 million in 2009-10.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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