Thursday, June 25, 2009

Report: Shaquille O'Neal traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

ESPN is reporting that the oft-discussed Shaq-to-Cleveland trade has gone down. The Cavs will send Sasha Pavlovic, Ben Wallace, the 46th pick in this year's draft and $500,000 to the Suns for the Big Shaqtus.

The deal is now only contingent on league approval, although Shaq hadn't been told of the deal at the time of this post by the Suns, according to his Twitter page.

The Cavaliers would be hoping Shaq could do for LeBron James what he did for Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade earlier in their careers: bring them a championship.

Though O'Neal is certainly not the same player he was in Los Angeles, or perhaps even Miami, he did have one of his best seasons last year. The Suns were careful with the Diesel, not using him in back-to-backs. That allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds.

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