Shawn Marion's most memorable play with the Miami Heat was his last.
Hours after Marion's last-second dunk lifted the Heat past the Chicago Bulls, he was traded Friday to the Toronto Raptors for Jermaine O'Neal, ending a weeks-long saga involving the expected deal.
NBA officials approved the swap Friday afternoon by conference call, the Heat said.
"I developed an unbelievable relationship with Shawn," Heat star guard Dwyane Wade said in Phoenix, where he's part of All-Star weekend. "You're sad to lose a friend on and off the court. At the same time, Shawn and I just had this conversation that it's part of the business."
Toronto also gets guard Marcus Banks and cash considerations, while Miami will receive forward Jamario Moon and a future first-round pick, to come sometime between 2010 and 2015.
SHAQ, KOBE ARE TEAMMATES AGAIN Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant spent part of their first day as teammates again helping refurbish a school and its playground.
Phoenix's O'Neal didn't accuse the Lakers' Bryant of hogging the tools, and Bryant didn't blame O'Neal for being too fat to keep up. These former feuders are getting along just fine.
The start of All-Star weekend brought them back together Friday, five years after the end of a great partnership on the court and a better soap opera off it.
"It'll be like old times. It'll be great memories," O'Neal said. "Kobe's playing at a very high level right now. It'll be like old times. I can remember, not that long ago, we were the best tandem ever created in the game. So it's going to be fun out there."
They will take the floor Sunday night for the first time since the 2004 NBA finals, when the Lakers were upset by Detroit, letting another possible title slip away.
They won three, but both say they would have won more had they stayed together.
DURANT SCORES 46 AS SOPHOMORES WINOklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge-record 46 points to lead the NBA's sophomores to a 122-116 victory over the rookies. Durant shattered the record of 36 set by Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire as a sophomore in 2004. Durant helped hold off a late charge by the rookies with a three-point play, an emphatic dunk and two free throws in the final minutes.
Miami's Michael Beasley led the rookies with 29 points. Portland's Greg Oden, who would have played for the rookies, missed the game because of a sore left knee.
BULLS' EMBATTLED PAXSON STAYS ON JOBBulls general manager John Paxson remained on the job despite mounting criticism of his 23-30 team's performance and his ability to make the necessary personnel moves.Copyright © 2015, CT Now