Breaking News: Shaq to Join LeBron James in Cleveland »

Jun 25, 2009 at 4:32 am | around-the-nbalebron-james

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns have come to an agreement on a blockbuster trade that sends Shaquille O’Neal to Cleveland to team with LeBron James, according to sources. The deal has been agreed to in principle and is expected to be finalized Thursday, according to sources. Cleveland will send Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic to Phoenix for the future Hall of Famer. Sources said the Suns will also receive the 46th pick in Thursday’s NBA draft and $500,000. The trade gives the Cavs a player they’ve coveted since February. With center Zydrunas Ilgauskas starting to break down, adding Shaq to the roster gives them a dominant force in the middle. The Cavs were obviously unhappy with their ability to defend Dwight Howard in the playoffs and bringing Shaq into the fold should help. O’Neal averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and made his 15th All-Star game. Source: ESPN.

Breaking News Shaq to Join LeBron James in Cleveland
  • LE23RON

    Awesome,they finaly got rid of Big Ben and Pavlović.They weren’t doing anything.

  • Zach13g

    great trade! :twisted:

  • tomas

    still have to close out on the perimeter defense…

    i like the move to clear space for next summer – now all they gotta do is dump wally and we’re on to something

  • w1tness_this23

    Great move Cavs have a real BIG MAN (No more jumpers) Next move Shawn Marion or Marcus Camby! or even a big guard like Ben Gordon…

  • AKOO

    This is awesome but the thing is that the cavs need to build a long term team. Whats gonna happen when shaq leaves. He is gonna leave soon and its gonna mess the team up to have to have another new team to get used to.

  • Natedogg

    EXACTLY AKOO at the begining of 2008-09 season didint Shaq say he was done in 2 years

  • mOe23

    I agree with LE23RON they should have included dumping Gibson, Wally, JJ Hicks, Kinsey those players who have done nothing. A taller shooting guard might be an upgrade like Rashard Lewis or probably or a SF who can shoot from the wing. In this way scoring drought would prevent while James was in the bench and enough rest while he off the court.

  • king23mhw

    JUS CUZ SUM1 LIKS BRON DOESNT MEAN U KNOW HOOPS. MOE23 BRUSH UP N DO SUM RESEARCH. BOOBY IS LIK BRONS LITTLE BROTHER, YEA HE HAD AN INCONSISTANT YR BUT GETTIN RID OF HIM WOOD B A BAD MOVE. 2ND JJ IS A BEAST. YEA THE KID NEEDS 2 WORK ON A FEW THINGS BUT HIS UPSIDE IS BANANAS! N 3RD, THE LEAGUE IS ABOUT MATCHUPS. JUS LIK LA DOESNT MATCHUP WELL WIT A TEAM LIK PORTLAND, WE JUST DNT MATCH UP WELL AGAINST ORLANHOE (YEA U READ DAT RIGHT) DA CAVS WON 66 GAMES PPL! THEY HAD A GOOD ENUFF SQUAD 2 GO 2 DA FINALS BUT COACH SHIT BROWN N BRON FUCKED UP. IF MIKE DIDNT REALIZE 2 PUT BRON ON TURK, THEN BRON HIMSELF SHOOD OF DONE IT. U PUT MO ON COURTNY, DWEST PRESSURES DA BALL ON SKIP. IF BRON IS ON TURK, DAT TAKES 1 OF DA BIG 3 OUT. OBVIOUSLY U KANT GUARD SUPERMAN AT ALL, BUT U KAN TAK HIM OUT ON THE OTHER END. DID ANY1 NOTICE OR REMEMBER HE WAS IN EARLY AND JUS IN GENERAL FOUL TROUBLE IN LIK 5 OF THE GAMES? AFTER HE SITS WIT FOUL ISSUES DAT LEAVES U WIT RASHARD. AINT NO WAY IN HELL HE BEATS U! 4 WUT DA CAVS GAVE UP IT WAS A GOOD DEAL FOR THEM. NOW IF SHAQ ULTIMATELY HELPS BRING A RING IS A DIFFERENT STORY. THE SAGA CONTINUES…

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