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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.






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Akron Buckeye
Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:21 pm
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:20 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

If Shaq does go to Cleveland it will be as a bench player or if he is starting it will be in a platoon role with Z.  It would give Cleveland a player willing to bang down in the post and who can score in the low post.  What they should be looking at is trying to find a way to get Chris Bosh away from the Raptors.  I don't really see what they have to give for him as I expect other teams will be more than willing to drive his trade value up by making crazy offers.  But if Cleveland gets Shaq all they would need is any power forward capable of starting and 1 or 2 role players to replace the bums on the bench.


Akron Buckeye
Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:19 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:18 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

What does this have to do with a trade? You are a loser asshole.


miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:07 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 5:05 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

America's #1 obnoxious washed up athlete paired up with America's #1 obnoxious washed up industrial town.

And don't try to tell me that Cleveland isn't any worse than Detroit. Detroit still has thriving suburbs. Cleveland is the sphincter on the unwashed filthy arse of America. Parma, Garfield Hts, Lorain, Copley, Medina, Youngstown, Lordstown are pus-filled pimples of industrial decay.

Ever heard of the Sunni Triangle? Cleveland, Cincinnati and wherever the Clampetts are from in Appalachia could be called the Scummy Triangle. Bwa.

Peep this dude's profile.  Every thread he's posted in is some anti LeBron / anti Cleveland bs.


Obvious Troll is obvious.




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2009 4:51 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

I don't think Shaq going to the Cav's would really be that much of a help.  Shaq is at the end of his career, he tires easily now and more than likely won't be able to play a lot of minutes in back to back games.  IMO Shaq is at a place in his career where he will bne a better backup player for a team.  It would be better for his conditioning and age.
 Don't get me wrong, Shaq is a good player and was a great player but every athlete winds down in their career.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 4:51 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

Ok so let's assume that Cleveland already has a 7-foot plus center that moves at a glacial pace, why would they want to add another one? They already have a 7-foot sled in Big Z. Can you play both of them at the same time?? absolutely not. that would make for the slowest frontcourt in the history of western civilization as Bill Walton would say. Unless you can unload Ilgauskas in another trade this move makes zero sense. Is Cleveland that desperate to please LeBron before summer '10? This would be a total panic move. And let's also assume that Steve Kerr is already on thin ice, why would he make a move to pickup Ben Wallace, expiring contract or not, and Pavlovic with an aging Steve Nash? The time for the Suns to make a move is now because Nash isn't getting any younger. I'm not saying don't trade Shaq, I'm just saying not to the Cavaliers because they don't have any players that would help the Suns immediately. What Cleveland needs is a power forward with mobility. Varejao shouldn't be a starter, a player with his energy should be coming off the bench as a spark.




Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Shaq to Cavs: Give it some time

If this happens I don't ever want another fan to say Kevin Garnett or Pau Gasol were given to the Celtics or Lakers because this trade would be far worse.


sman1965
Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 4:35 pm
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