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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: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:33 pm

Careful Lebron!!!

No disrespect to the Shaq at all.....great career, great guy, hall of famer. 

Shaq has played at a very high level for a long time and taken a beating in the process.  325 pounds going up and down the court for as many years as Shaq has is going to slow the body down and at times ask you to shut down and recover.  If he goes to Cleveland there will be nights when it will look like the best thing to have happened to the NBA.  Then there will be the more frequent nights when Lebron will be forced to shoot jumpers and the Cav's lose because the lane is clogged up with the big size 22 shoes.  If it wasn't true things would have worked out better in Phoenix.  Phoenix never got into a rythm until Stoudamire went out because then they only had jump shooters and Shaq on the inside.  Lebron would be much better off with a guy like Gasol, Thabeet, or some other mobile big.  Cleveland should make a play for Dirk Nowitzki.  Give Dallas some of the young gaurds, they need them Kidd is almost done, and some cash or whatever else they ask for and get Dirk. 

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:31 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I Hope Shaq does go to the Cvs,because Lebron does deserve some Help that he has never had,but I must remind everyone that The Big 3 will be Healthy next Yr and it's going to be another Boston ThreeParty..............Actualy the way Marbury Played it mite be a Boston FourParty...............If KG was Healthy we would be talking about a Laker--Boston Final..............

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:29 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

You're DREAMING if u think the Cavs have enough to anti up for Bosh.  Honestly why would T.O want Gibson and a bunch of low end 1st round picks when we've already got Calderon and Bosh under contract and desperately need wing players????  Not to mention what other teams would throw at T.O if Bosh was made available to the higest bidder. But as a b-ball fan i know the thought of tag teaming LeBron with Bosh is almost enought to make u drool.  But the only time that will happen in reality, and leave that team with enough talent and depth at your other positions is if one of them signs as a free agent.  So if Cleavland wants a big guy to handle Howard, Shaq's your best option this yr. 

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:28 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Misa Bin Ladin saying "Cleveland is the sphincter on the unwashed filthy arse of America"?  This is coming from Detroit, routinely voted one of the most dangerous cities in America.  Michigan has 2 of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the country and 1 of the 10 top foreclosure cities.  You are probably more likely to be murdered or robbed blind in Detroit than receiving a parking ticket.  You have your own residents saying 'It's so cold in D' (pull up T-Baby on YouTube for one of the worst songs ever made).

Talking about the failures of our sports teams is one thing.  Comparing Cleveland to Detroit in anything other than championships sports teams have won is idiotic.  And if you live here and hate it, here's a suggestion:  MOVE!  Go back to Philly, who has some of the most fickle fans in the country.

Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:09 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

According to ESPN, a credible source, this trade can happen and the Suns would do it because they are over the luxury tax line and realize they cannot win the championship with the team that they have.  There is allegience in the city to Amare and Nash, so Shaq is the one to trade (along with his monster contract).

The Cavs are buyers in a sellers market because next year may be their last year to win a championship.  It's a great scenario for them and picking up Shaq, especially if it's only for Sasha+Ben and maybe a second rounder would be huge because they could still afford to make other moves.  The owner of the Cavs is not afraid to pay a luxury tax and I doubt Shaq would be the end of the dealings if it happens.  Watch for Bosh potentially coming to Cleveland as well, considering how much the Raptors want to sell Bosh and the Cavs having Hickson, a couple of first rounders and Daniel Gibson on the trade block.

Shaq would be a fantastic help in guarding Howard considering no one else is BIG (muscular) enough to do it.  People saying 7' Z can guard him is a joke as he weighs probably 75+ pounds less than Shaq.  The team right now can beat Boston in a best of 7 if they have home-court advantage (especially with the addition of Shaq), so they need to focus on beating Orlando and that's what Shaq helps to do.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 8:04 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Shaq, after this year, PLEASE go away.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 7:56 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Prolly? And your calling him a dumbass? He should have sh-t over all of Ohio since its all pretty shi--y.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 7:44 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Z cannot guard Howard.   Shaq can.   Shaq would only has 1 year left on his contract.   Great move for them as the lose esentially nothing from this years team (that was productive anyway), and adds a player that can guard superman... without adding any long term salary commitments.    For the suns its just about the luxury tax.   Cavs are going to go after a legit 4 after next season.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 7:36 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Franchise in disarray

Another example of a franchise reeling from losing again in the playoffs. No leadership on and off the court. LeBron would never want Shaq on his team. I agree with you Cavs fans everything is going down the tubes Quicken-ly. Brown and Ferry will be gone soon and then LeBron. The Chinese buy the team and get a crippled Yao Ming to lead Mo No-All-Star Williams and Delonte" I look like a tatted up Smurf Doll" West. Wally....Z.....gone gone gone. Lottery team in 3 years.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 7:19 pm

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

just please explain thisz cap  because i see guys going placesvthat have to be over the cap lebron has a max deal shaq 20 million that is forfty plus cap is 54  no way cleveland could be under this leaguse really sucks now. all about story lines not games  that is why stu jackson been pulling this bullshit with flagrant in playoffs. do anyone really believe if kg was healthy boston wouldmnt have repeated

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