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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 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.


Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:44 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Shaq is a huge improvement over Big Z and Big Ben.

Like someone already said, Shaq can defend Dwight Howard.  Z and Wallace could not.

This would be perfect for a one-year expirament.  It's all about salaries here.   Go Cavs!  Come on over Shaq Daddy, we'd love to have yoU!!!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:38 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Do the rest of us a favor and before you start spewing ignorance from your word hole, think about not mentioning Detroit.  The majority of us don't want to be associated with an idiot such as yourself.  You give fans that actually have a clue, a very bad name.  Oh, and if you do indeed live in, or near, the city of Detroit, please move.  That way, when I come home to visit, there's zero chance that any of your ignorance will rub off on me.  I'm trying to think of a state or country that would take you, but I'm coming up snake eyes. 

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:28 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:18 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

avon lake, bay village, rocky river, fairview park, cleveland heights, strongsville, westlake, brecksville, berea, willoughby. thanks for naing only the bad suburbs when clearly there are many ones thriving.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 12:30 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

If were lebron instead of pushing for Shaq, I would see if the pistons could get AI (i think he is a free agent right) or rasheed wallace  he would be a perfect fit to play next to big Z.  He can be the 4 or the 5, isn't a ball hog and can drain the 3.

With Lebron Running the point forward, AI would be able to guard the opposing point guard, and is a confident scorer who can also bring some playmaking ability when LBJ isn't on the floor.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 12:10 pm

Makes absolutely no sense...

I wonder what the organization is thinking?  Shaq is on the severe downslope of being old and bad.  Yes he did have a bit of a resurgence last year, but think about it...he is definitely not that answer for this team's troubles.  He is not the Pau Gasol to the Lakers, and he is definitely not the Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics.  LeBron needs another 6-7 to 6-9 SG or SF to compliment him.  Just like Pippen did with Jordan back in the 90's, and the Kobe/Odom tandem this year, the Cavs will be going nowhere anytime soon w/o just that.  Piecing a team together with a bunch of old spare parts will not get them a championship.  LeBron is thinking of his next move...that is 2010 and out of Cleveland.

Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 12:00 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

You should really keep your fould mouthed coments to yourself.  You don't sound very intelligent.Laughing

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:58 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Don't be too hard on the Detroit supporters. 0-16, then embarrassed in the Final Four, then out in 4, the 2/3 of the city in Bankruptcy court, then out in 7, then lose a weekend series to the Pirates. Been a tough year even by Cleveland standards.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:40 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

The lack of a big man did not stop the Cavs from reaching the finals.

Lebron is the best at driving to the lane and either scoring, dishing out to the open man, or drawing contact. 

How many times did we see Lebron dish out only to see a wide open 3-pointer clang off the rim?  My point is simple, the Cavs need a 2 guard who can hit the open jumper, play a complimentary role to Lebron and ego isn't an issue, and who can hit the big shots or even create scoring opportunities when James is doubled and tripled team.  This is what they need most, not a big man.

A few names who fit this mold, yet not saying any of these guys will end up along side Lebron.

Manu Ginobli, Rip Hamilton, and T-Mac

Any of these 3 would be perfect along side of Lebron, and all 3 have very sufficient play-off experience, especially with the first 2....just think about it.

Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 11:13 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I think one of the main reasons the Cavaliers would give this serious consideration is a certain center from Orlando.   Dwight Howard certainly wouldn't be able to push Shaq around like he did the Cavs big men.   However, this would depend on Shaq making it down the court before Howard put the ball in the hole!

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