Now what is he: The Big Second Banana?
Okay, so the deal is done, Shaq to Cleveland, and for the life of me, I can't figure out how this works for the Cavs.
Is LeBron going to walk the ball up the court and dump it in the post? Is LeBron going to be iso'd on the wing, break his man down driving and run into the somewhat substantial girth of Mr. O'Neal.
Really. Doesn't this smack of Desperate Times Calling For Desperate Measures?
Sure does to me.
And for all you 2010 conspiracy theorists out there, it has no bearing on anything the Cavs were or weren't going to do. If they hadn't made this deal, they still would have had some money that summer. It doesn't necessarily "set up" anything.
What it does is mean the Cavs are likely to try and re-sign Anderson Varejao -- and that actually increases their spending for 2010-11 but they need to get someone.
Oh, and how do you reconcile Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Shaq? Pray tell how that shakes out. That's $32 million tied up -- THIS SEASON ALONE -- in immobile centres. Yeah, that's going to work really well.
You know who I don't want to be: Mike Brown. How the heck are you going to coach that collection of slow, old bigs with one of the most explosive players ever sitting on the roster, too.
Best of luck.
Phoenix? Well, they blew it when the traded for Shaq, this kind of corrects that mistake.
And what it does, more importantly than anything, is appease Steve Nash. Not sure how well Captain Canada and Shaq meshed on or off the court; now they'll have some money to give Steve a couple of more years on the extension he wants.
All in all, I've got to think that if this deal isn't a wash, the Suns have the slight edge.