After a day’s worth of rumblings that Miami would complete the Pat Riley / Shaquille O’Neal divorce by sending the Diesel to the Suns in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, ESPN’s Ric Bucher reported late tonight O’Neil is scheduled to undergo a physical examination in Phoenix tomorrow.

For the going nowhere (9-37) Heat, even a year’s service from Marion would be an unusually decent return for the aging Miami center. Conversely, to call this a stylistic shift on the part of the Suns is a huge understatement (consider how difficult it will be for Nash and Stoudemire to carry Shaq up and down the court). Does Steve Kerr actually close his eyes and imagine his club’s defense improving one iota with the loss of Marion and addition of O’Neal?