And it just gets curiouser and curiouser
I wish I could tell you exactly what this means but everyone I'd want to talk to off the record is either in an airplane to Atlanta (like I should be, except for another Air Canada delay) or unavailable so I'll just put it out there and the conspiracy theorists can have a field day.
Shawn Marion's got the night off for the Miami Heat just like Jermaine O'Neal had the day off for the Raptors.
What's it mean?
Maybe nothing. Maybe everything.
I guess only Bryan Colangelo and Pat Riley know and neither of them are all that interested in sharing their innermost trade thoughts with me.
I do know the Raptors officials I traded emails with the minute the Marion news got to me still say O'Neal is listed as "probable" for Monday's game with the Hawks and he's on the plane to Atlanta with the rest of the team.
Down in Oklahoma City, the Heat say Marion was a late scratch because of groin injury he aggravated Saturday in Houston.
Now, all that is probably true and the various people I talked to today still say there is no imminent deal. But I figure this gives you something to think about for the next little while.
Now, if only Air Canada would co-operate and let me get to Atlanta at a decent hour, I'll be able to get up bright and early tomorrow and start working on the trade talks again.