The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Shaq Trade Thoughts

Posted by disappointmentzone on 6 February 2008

I’m breaking my hiatus to chime in on the news that the Suns are on the brink of acquiring Shaq.

Simply put: This is a terrible trade for Cleveland.

If Miami trades Shaq they don’t have to pay the remainder of his salary, which is $40M over the next two seasons. That cap relief puts Miami in position to sign pretty much anyone they want this off season. So let’s say the Heat sign Elton Brand.

Wade + Brand > Wade + Shaq

Right now Miami has the worst record in the NBA and the inside track to the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Wade + Brand + Michael Beasley = Yikes!

Pay Riley must be calling in a favor here. How else can you explain the good fortune of this trade? Instead of the Heat being tremendously burdened by Shaq and his albatross of a contract for the next two seasons (which coincide with Wade’s last two seasons under his current contract) suddenly the Heat are six months away from having one of the most exciting off seasons imaginable. Who doesn’t want to play alongside a perennial MVP candidate in South Beach while making a truckload of money? On top of that add a lottery pick. Now the Heat are a threat in the Eastern Conference. This is wizardry!

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4 Responses to “Shaq Trade Thoughts”

  1. RockKing said

    My thoughts were much the same. I didn’t even think to factor in the draft pick, though. It’s always amazing to watch every team get instantly better, but the Cavs have been stuck in the mud more or less since drafting LeBron. Sure, the Z, Hughes, Marshall, and Jones summer was supposed to be the Cavs’ big splash, but somehow that just didn’t quite work out.

  2. kiddicus said

    don’t forget Shawn Marion, he isn’t exactly a stiff.

  3. Ben said

    Wade and Marion are going to play the Heat out of the lottery. I’d be worried about FA too, mostly because they’re a more attractive city than Cleveland. Miami got lucky as hell that someone actually wanted Shaq (and the more I think about it, I can understand where Phoenix is coming from).

  4. I think Marion will opt out of his contract and test free agency.

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