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Shaq to Cleveland: Looks like a go

June 24, 2009 | 10:25 pm

ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reports that, pending owner approval, Shaquille O'Neal will be sent from Phoenix to Cleveland for flotsam (Ben Wallace), jetsam (Sasha Pavlovic), and a second round pick in Thursday's draft.  The move gives the Cavs the legitimate interior presence clearly missing against Dwight Howard and the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, and sends a strong pre-Summer of '10 message to LeBron James.  Early thoughts: If he's on, Shaq is an upgrade at center, gives the offense a little more inside/outside balance, and while he's not a dominant force defensively anymore, it's not like Zydrunas Ilgauskas is Bill Russell, either.  Really, it depends on what kind of shape O'Neal is in come late April, May, and June. He was effective this season, and will be playing for a contract extension.  Cleveland gets better, I'm just not sure how much.

For the Suns?  Well, it's officially fair to say that whole Shaq trade, something both AK and I thought was a bad idea from the start, was a bad idea.  From the start.  They're a mess, and if Steve Kerr and Co. are smart will get to truly blowing up that team sooner rather than later.   

The big question: Who does Shaq throw under the bus on his way out of Phoenix?  I'm going with... Louis Amundson.  It's the ponytail.

BK


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