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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: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:48 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Yikes!!! CBS should flag!

lakers 10' Champs

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:42 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time


Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 10:06 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Misa Bin Ladin, you have issues.  The fact that you felt compelled to actually type that garbage into this site shows you're a loser with nothing better to do.  I recommend that once you get a job - because we know nobody in Detroit has one - that you seek counseling.  Also, the whole Sunni Triangle thing....I'm sure nobody laughed at that.  Spare us from your lame attempts at humor.  You obviously don't have a knack for it.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 9:19 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I agree that Shaq can not play the minutes but splitting time with Z would work for both centers.  Shaq is not fast but, it would be harder for Howard to just push his way to the hole.  Then when you put Z in, he makes centers come out and guard him with his outside shooting.   Centers would have to work harder when they play the Cavs.  If the Cavs have to go up against Orlando again, they won't have to double Howard as much.  This way they can put Lebron man up on Turk, instead of letting Lebron try and help out everyone.  Plus both Shaq and Z's contracts are up at the end of next season freeing up $31 million in cap.  The Cavs can concentrate on getting another perimeter player in this years draft, and a center in next years or even buy more time for Hickson and Jackson to develope.  They may even try to get Yao from Houston as rumored becuase of the China deal.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:57 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Jeez, someone woke up on the wrong side of the sofa bed! Do you own a map, or can't you afford one? Youngstown is not even in Cleveland ; that's like saying Newark is part of NYC. Ever hear of Shaker Heights, Solon, Hudson, or Beachwood? These are just some of the great Cleveland suburbs that do not only have beautiful homes, but some of the states best schools. Appalachia?!?! In case you haven't noticed, Cleveland is home to the finest hospital in the world (Cleveland Clinic), and one of the best cultural arts centers in the country. Not only that, but I would take the Pepsi challenge anyday of the week with our diehard fans up against any other sports town in the US. Get a clue.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2009 8:41 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I just thank God that as bad as Cleveland gets it will never be as bad as De-roit.  "Hey Grandpa, What's on fire".  Maybe the Lions will win a game this year. How did that Allen Iverson trade work out for you?  Billups to the Western Finals. hahaha.  Tigers, best team on paper in the American League,  NO BULLPEN and of course the Redwings, I really like them until I read your item so Go Penguins.  Remember when and if Michigan returns to be a contender in football or basketball in the BIG TEN it will be because of the Appalachia coaches that they have.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 7:58 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

As I am a resident of Medina, you obviously have no idea what your talking about. Ever been to the historic square in Medina? That's what I thought.
See, I know how great Northeast Ohio is. Human waste like you try to make your life better by trying to bring others down. Try as you might, Fox Meadows will still be in Medina and the owners of the half million dollar home will still be there laughing at you!
Go Tribe!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 7:52 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I guess a state primarily made up of farmland must be absolute crap to you. Name the big cities in Ohio. Around them are mostly farms that make up the whole state. That's why the drive from Cincinnati to Cleveland is a long boring jouney because you only have Columbus and Akron/Canton mixed in between. More or less 230 miles of farms make up the rest. So, yeah, I would call that a wasteland. Just another idiot, who probably hasn't even really been to the state except for a layover on a flight making comments about sometihng you have no idea about. I guess clean air doesn't appeal to you.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 7:45 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Nice. Not much to report here. I guess you didn't realize the nice suburbs of town are on the east side of town. Look at Waite Hill, Mentor, Chardon, Cocord and the list goes on. When you're in Cleveland, stick to the airport----we don;t need scumbags like you stinking up the nice parts of town.
Oh Detroit is definitely a Mecca of nice, by the way. If it isn't the pot calling the kettle black. You guys are the original industrial wasteland established in the 1980's.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2009 6:47 am

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Wow, comparing Cleveland to Detroit is a bit of a stretch. Naming cities like Lordstown and Youngstown as suburbs of Cleveland is a stretch too. Youngstown is about an hour and a half drive from Cleveland, not much of a suburb that far away, not to mention its pretty much its own large city. Making Lordstown more of a suburb of Youngstown. Copley?  Are you serious, thats a burb of Akron/Canton tough guy, not Cleveland. Failed to mention the rich cities of Mentor, Lakewood, Westlake and others. Know what classifies a city as a suburb before you open your cock holster there buddy.

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