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Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Posted on: June 14, 2009 3:53 pm
 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Cavaliers are taking an aggressive posture as they head into the draft and free-agent period, so it was only a matter of time before the Shaquille O'Neal talks heated up again.

Several media outlets began reporting Sunday that the Cavs and Suns have reignited talks about sending Shaq to Cleveland to help LeBron James in his quest for a championship. There wasn't much to reignite in the first place; widely hyped discussions involving O'Neal at the trade deadline were never on the verge of producing a deal. An executive familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com Sunday that the situation hasn't evolved much since then, expressing surprise at the flurry of reports. 

But when you have two teams desperate to move assets -- Phoenix with Shaq's $20 million expiring contract, and Cleveland with Ben Wallace's $14 million expiring contract and Sasha Pavlovic's partially guaranteed deal -- smoke often gives way to fire. Throw in the fact that the Cavs are coming off a debilitating loss to Orlando in the conference finals and an embarrassing week that featured a false report about coach Mike Brown's future, and you can see why the time may be right to shift to focus to the team's pursuit of O'Neal.

The executive involved in the teams' dealings said he fully expects the O'Neal situation to move to the forefront once the clubs begin fully exploring their options in the draft and free agency, which begins next month. The Suns, coming off a 46-win, non-playoff season, are highly motivated to move O'Neal in a bid to avoid paying luxury tax. Acquiring Wallace and Pavlovic, whose $4.9 million contract is only guaranteed for $1.5 million next season, would save Phoenix as much as $10 million, including luxury tax savings.

The Cavs view Pavlovic's partial guarantee and several players on minimum deals as a built-in trade exception they can use to improve the roster and give LeBron the big man he needs to compete for a championship at the highest level. A person familiar with the Cavs' thinking said the team is open to any and all possibilities and plans to take an aggressive approach in retooling a roster that won a league-best 66 games but failed to reach the NBA Finals.

A wild card in the Shaq talks is Wallace, who stated after the playoff loss to the Magic that he was seriously considering retirement. Cavs management has yet to speak directly with Wallace about his intentions, and as of now the club doesn't expect him to walk away from the $14 million left on his deal. If Wallace reiterated his desire to retire, it would spur buyout talks that would free up cap space immediately. Short of that, Wallace would get no money and the $14 million he is owed would come off the Cavs' books.

The idea of Shaq in Cleveland as a running mate for LeBron would present endless storylines and the delicious possibility of Kobe Bryant -- if he returns to the Lakers -- meeting his former and current nemeses in next year's Finals. The marketing people would have a field day adding a Shaq puppet to the popular Kobe & LeBron commercials. Bryant would be presented with the challenge of pursuing his fifth championship against the player he won with -- and feuded with -- in L.A. and the player who is trying to claim Bryant's title as the best player in the game.


It almost sounds too good to be true, except that it's not. Just give it some time.






Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 7:59 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Not a bad call with A.I.  I also suggested guys like Rip Hamilton and Manu Ginobli.  Both guys are low-ego/low maintainance, can hit 3's all night long, play great D, have great play off experience, and move great without the ball.  Both of these guys would be open all day long whenever Lebron is doubled and tripled and they would knock down the shots.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 6:40 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

"Why don't we forget Shaq for a moment and toss the insane idea out there of Kobe and LeBron teaming up in Cleavland?"

Kobe would never leave LA to go to Cleveland.  If they were ever to team up, it would be in LA.  And you automatically assume he will stay there.  If he does not win a title next year, he is out of Cleveland.  And there is no way Kobe will leave the spotlight of LA and the rich history of the Lakers for a middle-America city of Cleveland that lacks the excitement of LA and the winning history.  I think the King loves playing in his home state, but craves the spotlight and wants to play in a big market, plus he knows that the other free agents would sign in a larger market before going to Cleveland.  Kobe and Lebron as Cavs will never happen, but as Lakers or as Knicks?  Not likely, but higher chance than in Cleveland.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 6:40 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

"Why don't we forget Shaq for a moment and toss the insane idea out there of Kobe and LeBron teaming up in Cleavland?"

Kobe would never leave LA to go to Cleveland.  If they were ever to team up, it would be in LA.  And you automatically assume he will stay there.  If he does not win a title next year, he is out of Cleveland.  And there is no way Kobe will leave the spotlight of LA and the rich history of the Lakers for a middle-America city of Cleveland that lacks the excitement of LA and the winning history.  I think the King loves playing in his home state, but craves the spotlight and wants to play in a big market, plus he knows that the other free agents would sign in a larger market before going to Cleveland.  Kobe and Lebron as Cavs will never happen, but as Lakers or as Knicks?  Not likely, but higher chance than in Cleveland.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 6:05 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

"I would rather see a LBJ/Mo/Delonte/Wade/Shaq starting 5"
This will never happen.  Why would u wanna see Shaq your starting five?  He is washed up, so why would you want him on the Cavs?  You already have a slow immobile center in Big-Z, so why would you want another?  And the only way Wade and LeBron end up on the same team is if he signs in NY.  There is no way Wade leaves the nice weather and scene of Miami to go to Cleveland.  The only reason they are after Shaq is out of fear that Lebron will be gone after next year.  Shaq is not the missing piece to a championship for the Cavs.  It was much more than having no inside game and not being able to stop Howard that they lost to Orlando.  The Magic had a solid team around Howard, which is something LeBron does not have in Cleveland.  They would also be unable to beat the Celtics with a healthy KG.  Bring in players who are actually legit and take the burden off of him.  Mo is a nice player, but you need more than 2 players to win in this league.  The only reason the Cavs won 66 games is because LeBron is such a freak of nature that he made all his teammates better.  He could have won on a team like my pathetic Knicks during the regular season.  Shaq will not stop Dwight at his advanced age and lack of speed.  If Big-Z could not defend him, Shaq will not be able to.  Howard will just outrun him with his athletic ability.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:52 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I think, the suns should trade Shaquille O'Neal to the Cleveland cavaliers, so that he would have another shot at an NBA title.  Besides the suns are in rebuilding mode for the next couple years. I really think that those suns should consider trading nash also, sometimes you just have to start over.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 5:45 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I think, the suns should trade Shaquille O'Neal to the cavaliers, so he would have another shot at another NBA title.  Besides the suns are in rebuilding mode for the next couple years they should even trade nash and Stottlemyre, sometimes you just have to move on.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 3:29 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Shenry  I see why your rank is "AMATEUR"

This is what I wrote way back in Feb.


Feb, 13 2009  10:12 pm 

Championships are Priceless and Shaq for the next 2 1/2 years will give KING JAMES a STRONG chance at 3.  Shaq and Kobe.  Shaq and Wade.  Shaq and King James and the Broken hearts of Laker and Kobe fans bleed beet red.

Kobe can play a STRONG 30 mins a game and be as dominate as he needs to be. When he is out....unlike the ....the Cavs have a guy who can do whatever he wants.

GET SHAQ!!!

Had the front office of the Cav listened and given up Ben Wallace and Wally when I said.....there would be a parade Scheduled in Clevland right now.


It's clear you don't know much about Basketball.  If you are REMOTELY trying to compare Shaq to ANYTHING on the Cavs roster you sir are INSANE.  Shaq is STILL a top 5 center in the NBA capable of scoring 30 points and grabing 15 rebounds on any given night....ESPECIALLY if you don't have a viable center to hinder him.  He averaged just under 18 points 8 rebounds and 2 assists playing just 30 mins a game last year.  With "The King" Shaq will be even better.  He will be far more dedicated and driven to win yet another Championship with yet another young start to solitify is legacy as one of the worlds best all time players.  And to beat Kobe doing it would be a bonus that I would hate to see young Bynum try to prevent.

Shaq's mins would be monitored until the all star break and because the Cavs are a team capable of the best record in the league WITHOUT Shaq, Shaq could be deployed when and where he best suits the team.

Shaq haters should LEARN THE GAME.



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 3:25 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

This would be a great trade for both teams as it would allow the suns to dump payroll and allow the cavs to get a densive presence downlow that dwight howard would not be able to back down all the way for an easy lay in or a dunk. Dwight Howard had trouble with Bynum and Gasol and Perkins for the celtics becuase he had to work to get his baskets and does not have the skill set to knock down a jump shot on a regualr basis. They also need an althletic wing player to gaurd the Rashard lewis's and Hedo's of the world. The cavs need to do something  and take advantage of the skills of the King. They are very close tho and a player or two would set them over the edge. And for all u haters hating on cleveland or ohio in general need to lay off and get ur facts straight cuz the cities your in livin in arent probably that much better minus  your LAs or Miami's of the world and if u think im just another guy from cleveland defending his city then ur wrong cuz im from cincy.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:38 pm
 

Post score -853 Why this?

WTF?   -853  WTF?




Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 2:35 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

So I'm not seeing the problem. The Phoenix Suns don't want him and the Cleveland Cavaliers would benefit from having him down low. The cavs can't do any worse. At the very least at least they would have a second player on the team. O'neal is still quite capable of helping the RIGHT team out. He's not a save-all for just any team. I personally think Lebron would take all the pressure off O'neal allowing him to just go to work. The Cavs need a second or third option and o'neal would fit that role without the pressure of the whole franchise resting on his ever growing laurels.

Orlando magic, now there is a team that is so close to being good. Basically the Magic are the Chris Webber, Bibby, Divac Sacramento Kings of the east. That Sacramento team if in the east at that time would have been a finals team, I believe. So what do the magic need? At the point you have Nelson and Alston, will Nelson return to form or will he catch Grant Hill-itus? Alston, I think is expendable. I'm wondering if Billups over in Denver is thinking the Nuggets are talented but not championship quality? If the magic could work a trade for Billups they would be #1 in the east and I think a shoe-in for a repeat trip to the finals. I don't believe Lebron with all the help that team needs to become serious contenders will make it next year. Even with O'neal.

Boston Celtics? Do they have another run left in them? I see them as the Final Kobe/Shaq Lakers team who was loaded but got to old in the end. June is a long run for weathered players and I don't think they have it in them to really push themselves. Trades no trades won't make a difference. Their time is up.
 
Chicago Bulls, now theres a team that with a move or two could be right there. Maybe another Sun heads east to fill a hole and they surprise everyone with a 7 game series in the conference finals.

Miami Heat are going nowhere next year. Atlanta Hawks are in the same position. Now the New York Knicks are young and restless, they just need to work on defense and could make a splash.

In the west you have the Lakers, can they keep that drive alive another year? Will Phil be back? Can they add a piece that makes the team a little fresher and a little better? If they keep the same roster, obviously without, uh, Morrison/Yue, they are still right there.

San Antonio Spurs need a large helping of fresh blood, maybe even trading a previously untouchable player. You never know.

Phoenix Suns, I mean Steve Nash and the new guys are starting over. Maybe trade Nash to Orlando magic and get them guys running. That be a dangerous team with Steve there.

L.A. Clippers? Will they show up for this season or just collect paychecks?

Denver Nuggets? Chauncey or no Chauncey means chance or no chance.

Utah jazz, well if they can get Duncan they might actually be dangerous but thats the only way.

Seattle Sonics? Just kidding.

Oh, Dallas Mavericks, hmmm, I think Cuban might just retool. It's time to shake up the team.

Houston Rockets should figure out which player to build around. I would go with the one who isn't injured. OOP's they are always injured. They should play Mcgrady half the season then Yao the other half and see which one makes it to the playoffs. What do you do ?

The New Orleans Hornets are a very quiet team. They have Chris Paul but then who else? Stoudemire and Paul? Could be promising.

I don't think any team outside the ones i mentioned are really going to be in a position next April to make any noise. There should be some bigtime movements on some key teams that should make next years season and playoffs even more of a show than this year.
Can't wait for the trade rumors to start. Course I'm no contract expert so who knows what will happen.

What do you think?



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