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Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 4:19 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Free agency has very nearly come and gone. The big names have signed and the ones remaining are either role players or big names that some might consider only that - names. Players like Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady.

Marc Stein of has updates on all three , but looked intently at Shaq's current situation.

Stein says Dallas is "definitely out" and that Atlanta stands as the only team with a confirmed “live” interest in Shaq. But the big guy, Stein says, still wants assurances of a healthy amount of playing time as well as a salary that starts above the $5.8 million mid-level exception, which can be achieved through a sign-and-trade with Cleveland. But again, Stein reiterates what we already know: No team out there, including Atlanta, is known to be willing to pay Shaq more than $2 million for next season. And why should anyone?

Stein also said Shaq, McGrady and Iverson have all expressed interest in joining the Heat, but it's unlikely any of them will land in Miami. In assembling a supporting cast for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on a severely limited budget, the Heat made it clear that it doesn’t want to add anyone -- no matter how much money that player is ready to sacrifice -- who could potentially alter chemistry or divert focus away from the SuperFriends. As Stein says, Shaq was never a consideration after his critical comments of Miami’s training staff upon arrival in Phoenix and his history of ripping Bosh.

Currently, Shaq's best option appears to still be Atlanta but O'Neal will have to check both his ego and his checkbook at the door. The Spurs still reportedly have some interest, but that's surely on the condition Shaq takes the veteran minimum. Right now, it appears options for Shaq are pretty limited.

Now Shaq was productive in Cleveland last year. He averaged 12 ppg and 6.7 rpg, and fleshed out to per 36 minutes, he put up close to 18 and 10 and had a quality PER of almost 18. But again, he's 38, will only play about 20-25 minutes a game, isn't a guarantee for all 82 and wants too much money. Who's in? Don't all you teams put your hands up at once.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2010 3:31 am

Shaq, Iverson and McGrady all need reality checks

How long will it take the 'old-3' to come to grips with reality that they are only shells of their former selves?

Seems like the 3 of them not only want to be guaranteed starter jobs, but also want starter-type money.

Iverson was deactivated in Detroit, lasted less than a week in Memphis (after God told him to go there, guess God changes his mind quick?!) and ended up being deactivated in Phlly, supposedly to tend to his daughter but more likely having to do with his game having slipped so far they wanted to bring him off the bench.

McGrady hasn't been healthy in over 4 years. His back, his microfracture surgery, his back again. It's one thing after another with T-Mac, not to mention the poor attitude he displayed with team officials in Houston. What team wants not only a malcontent, but an injured one at that?

Shaq, well we all know Shaq's antics, but the fact is even at 38 he displayed enough at times to at least merit a backup role in the league somewhere - but all teams know that with Shaq comes all the baggage he brings along. Feuds, bad-mouthing, under-cutting, and stirring things up. He's 38 and well past his prime, maybe he wants one last payday before his divorce but we ALL want that. Unless he comes in and says he'll back-up, carry the bags, scrub the floor, turn out the lights at night, then he won't be sniffing the NBA again.

So, to the old-and-don't-see-the-handwriting-on-the-wall 3, adios, all three were at some point dominant forces, but now all 3 are merely bitter, broken down players that look in the mirror and think they are seeing themselves 10 years ago.

Sad, sad, sad...

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:48 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Shaq wants a guarantee of healthy playing minutes, but this is something he can't guarantee in return.  Healthy and Shaq are two words that don't belong in the same sentence.  He was a great player at one time, but he is asking for way too much money for the amount of injury risk he presents.  It's pretty apparant that he has realized that his basketball career is most likely over, with this stupid competition show he has come out with.  And this crap about the Spurs being interested is obsurd.  As much trash he has talked about the Spurs francise I would be disgusted if that were to happen.  Go out with some dignity, Shaq, and retire before you injure yourself even more.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:56 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

"The Big Journeyman" needs to deflate that big ego and accept the fact that he is not longer the self-described "Most Dominant Ever." Or should we call him the "Big Bandwagon Jumper?" since it appears that he has spent his last few years riding the coat tails of superstars such as Dwayne Wade, Steve Nash, and Lebron James.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

MJ is an idiot for saying that the "new" NBA will only have 4-6 power teams.  How the hell is that any different from his era?

Oh yeah, it's not.  In fact, the better teams a generation ago had clusters of good players too.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:52 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land forgot Ben Wallace, sure Shaq has a 90% chance of winning a free throw challenge against him

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:50 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

I understand Shaq's behavior issues...and I know he is WAY pass his prime. However I think he has one last run still left. I mean it's kinda gonna be difficult cause Al Horford is one of ATLs top players..and IMO no he shouldnt take the bench for Shaq.  I think Shaq should humble himself..take 2 million..its more than the 1.4 and play back up to Al Horford..make Atlanta remember him as not the B.ig I.mmature G.iant but as the man who went to ATL and tried his best to make them a better team. And serve as a solid mentor to Al Horford. Shaq is the best Center of his decade and half of this decade.  If he teaches Horford what he knows the young center/forward can become even better and may become an even legit center.  With that said...if ATL gets rid of Marvin Williams for Shaq..he possibly could start...placing him at Center, Horford at PF & Josh Smith at SF, that could possibly work..i mean Marvin Williams hasnt done too much anyway.  So, i see this deal being made if Shaq comes to terms with himself.  I really dont want to see him go just yet..despite his "B.I.G." ego he has enough left to make a team have some success. And not only that he can become a sure Horford wouldnt mind seeing some of what Shaq could do and apply it to his game.

I also HATE saying this but McGrady isnt T Mac anymore. He's just that generic guy in the NBA i think he should retire..depends on his legs. I DO think he can be a solid contributer off the bench. And also again the mentor factor...McGrady is a 2 time scoring sure he could help other "swingmen" become better guards/forwards.

Allen Iverson, EXTEMELY HURTFUL to say again...but his playing days begins on his outside life issues. Iverson has a bit left in the tank if he can find something that can take his mind off of his drama outside the court.  I dont recommend him going to the Lakers or Heat or Celtics..however i do think he should go to an underdog team..which still have potential to become champions. And as i said for the previous two..become a mentor to these young players.

One thing is certain and clear for all three of these NBA Greats, they should give back to the NBA..."PASS THE TORCH" and help these younger players to become the new and legit stars of their team.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:56 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

best for shaq is to RETIRE !!! he's just too old and he will only hurt the team he will play for...

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:44 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

He could come to Detroit, and tandem with Ben Wallace to be the worst free-throw shooting duo of all time.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:47 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Why would anyone want Shaq? He's lazy, overweight, and over the hill. He's done and he should just retire. Actually he should have retired after D-Wade helped him get his last ring.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:45 pm

Shaq your a Warrior.....go west big fella

Golden state is calling.........young promising team split minutes with Beitrins (probably the only player you can out free throw) this team has talent but no muscle we need the Shaq

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