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Jun 25, 2009 2:41 pm

Am I alone in thinking that trading for Shaq is a silly move? He had one resurgent year. He is still a big lazy oaf...check that...big OLD lazy oaf.

I don't think the move makes them that much better.

Jun 25, 2009 2:53 pm

Not a bad pick up provided they go out and also get an outside threat.  Shaq gives them an inside presence, it will keep people honest when LJ drives the lane.  What will help LJ more is if they pick up an outside shooter to help ease the scoring demands on him. 

Jun 25, 2009 3:14 pm

LJ can’t drive the lane with shaq sitting in it and he isn’t quick enough to get out of the way anymore.

Not a bad trade, because shaq only has 1year left on his deal, so if the experiment fails, then you can go after Chris Bosh when he is a free agent that year. Plus you really didn’t give up anything to get him.

Jun 25, 2009 3:27 pm

It’s not the Pau Gasol for an old pair of sneakers trade the Lakers made a couple years ago, but I would be shocked if Shaq made it through 40 games this year. I think they traded an expiring contract this year + Ben Wallace who was likely to retire before the year. They seem to have just paid a guy $10mm for 40 games.

Jul 2, 2009 1:25 pm

I’m sorry, but Shaq still averages 17.8 PPG and 8.4 RPG.  As long as he’s shooting 60% from the 4ft mark, I think he’ll add some needed flava to the Ohio crew.

Jul 3, 2009 6:21 pm

Shaq was healthy all last season.  They didn’t pick him up for the regular season, if he is healthy for the playoffs, they will be a very tough out.

Jul 3, 2009 7:53 pm

Can you imagine how many dunks that Shaq gets next year?? LJ drives and dumps it off or he finishes himself… If they get a spot up shooter, they will be tough.

Jul 4, 2009 4:46 am

Cle wanted him to beat on Dwight Howard, too. It always to me that pure shooters are underrated in the NBA today…always good to have someone like Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr, or John Paxson hanging around to drop bombs.