Though Shaquille O'Neal has been rumored to be headed to around 25 teams, the big guy hasn't found a home for next season yet. A few places make sense, others don't but whatever the case, between money and potential playing time, Shaq can't find a team.
David Aldridge of NBA.com has a suggestion:
For the Nuggets to have any chance at competing in the West, they'll need someone who can put a body on Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming and others. Boston won't have Kendrick Perkins back for several months, and maybe Jermaine O'Neal can step in and give the Celtics all they need. But one more big body wouldn't hurt. Shaq would likely be a better fit with a veteran team that wouldn't put up with any nonsense. And, now, isn't Cleveland in need of someone who can put the ball in the basket? Just saying.Let's see: Shaq wants to play for a contender. Check. Shaq wants minutes and Denver could use him. Check. Shaq wants more than the minimum. Well, not a check but at this point, but he'll likely have to come around. So check-ish.
But Aldridge is right. The Nuggets have no true size inside. Chris Andersen isn't a true center and Nene is more of a power forward. Kenyon Martin is injury-prone, Al Harrington isn't a real power forward and other than that, nobody else is a true interior player. Shaq makes sense, but of course, only for the right price.
The Nuggets prefer to run the floor and obviously Shaq doesn't fit in there so well, but as Aldridge points out, size is size. A big guy like Shaq isn't The Piece for Denver, but it's definitely the best remaining pickup the Nuggets could grab to bolster their front line.