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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:26 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

As an ex-NBA and ex-Sixers fan nothing would disgust me more than to see Allen Iverson get a championship ring. As a waterboy on the Miami Heat he may get one if he can swindle his craziness into a deal where he actually pays them to let him play. As MJ said this is a new era in the NBA where there will only be 2-4 teams each year with the capacity to play. If anyone signs AI it is an embarassment, not only can he not play anymore he has nothing to bring a team except ineptitude, diversions, headaches, and embarassment. If he does go anywhere I hope it is a one year deal in Miami where he rides the bench all year long and then loses to the Lakers again...

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:49 am

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Ego is the big word, for all three of thesse has beens.  They can't play in 82 games, they can't play for more than maybe 30 minutes per game, and they can't expect to gt anywhere near the money they use to demand.  Ah but that last one is a sticking point.  Two million for sitting on the bench most of the time, getting counted on for maybe 40 games a year and only about 10-15 minutes per game at that, and still getting two million per year.  But that isn't good enough.  Retire, all of you, or maybe put your heads together and all go to one team and form the Super Seniors, you may be pretty good for the first 30 games or so, generate a lot of ESPN talk, then fizzle into last place in your respective division and then - finally - retire, and take Brett with you.  Go away, all of you, just GO!

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:30 am

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Shaq should have retired after his solid season with the suns. Up until then from when he won his ring in Miami, his game had slowly broken down. I dont know what motivated him to hustle more on the boards and be more aggresive on offense but after that he should have taken that as an oppurtunity to retire on his own terms. Now he will retire because no teams want him.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:29 am

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

Actually, I think you're right.  I'd love to see Kobe and Shaq "kiss and make up" in order to remove that bad karma from their careers.  To unite for Phi's farewell tour and win a championship would be awesome.  Shaq will have to be comfortable, however, with the back-up role behind Bynum.  That shouldn't be a problem because Andrew's made of glass and will get hurt some time during the season (and maybe the beginning since he's having knee surgery so late in the year).  The main thing is Shaq's ego.  That's the main reason I don't see this happening.  It's Kobe's team and Shaq would have to be content with that.  It's a good idea though.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 7:44 am

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

If it's another ring Shaq wants, he ought to go to Miami at the minimum and be a situational player.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:18 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

If Shaq is willing to take the minimum pay with Lakers, I think Phil Jackson is more than happy to have him back as a backup center!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:19 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

I love the "Big Tourist" name! I think you're absolutely right. Shaq should bite the bullet and apologize not for what happened to cause the breakup in LA, but apologize for all the crap he talked about Kobe after he went to Miami and while Kobe was having trouble in the playoffs. I think humble pie should be Shaq's main menu after watching Kobe in the finals three straight years. If Shaq were to come clean and talk with Kobe, he could be an integral part of the Lakers fourth finals appearance, if not more. He still has plenty of gas left to be a force for 15-20 minutes a game. In two or three years he could have his retirement tour, a la Kareem (maybe even get a Harley!). Its a shame that two of the greatest players to ever play the game together can't even consider playing again with each other. Someday number 34 will be retired up to the rafters in Staples, and it would be nice if Shaq could be there with a couple more rings to his name. George, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq....the home of four of the greatest big men to ever play the game. I would hate to think he will go out as a player making one last grab at a ring, or worse, fade away slowly after not being offered a contract or being cut. You can go home Shaq, and take your rightful place amongst the greatest Lakers and players of all time. Besides, what would be a better finals than LeBron, Wade and Bosh facing a team with Shaq, Gasol and Bynum with the best player in the NBA slicing and dicing his way to the hoop. Can't wait for June '11!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:35 pm

Shaq should go to the Hornets

He could finish his career where it all began, in Louisiana just down the road from Baton Rouge. The fans in New Orleans would love to see him in the Big Easy. All the memories from his days at LSU would definatley help sell tickets. Having Chris Paul tossing a couple lobs a night his way and David West on the wing would seem to be a pretty good option for him.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:27 pm

Shaq still looking for a spot to land

they were all GREAT PLAYERS but its time to hang it up. play some golf,like mike

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:25 pm

Shaq should go to the Hornets.

He could finish his career where it all began. Back in Louisiana just down the road from Baton Rouge. It wouldn't hurt that Chris Paul would be setting him up for a few lobs every night.

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