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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Shaq deal finalized: O'Neal now a member of the Miami Heat

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posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 04:38 PM
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MIAMI (AP) - The Big Diesel has gone coast to coast. The Lakers and Heat finalized a trade Wednesday sending Shaquille O'Neal to Miami, with Los Angeles getting Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and a first-round draft pick in return.
 

The deal, ending O'Neal's eight-year tenure in Los Angeles, had been on the verge of completion since Saturday, when he met in Orlando with Heat president Pat Riley and agreed to the trade. NBA lawyers approved it hours after the league's two-week moratorium on player movement ended.

"Today the Miami Heat took a giant step forward in our continued pursuit of an NBA championship," Riley said in a statement. "We feel that we have traded for the best player in the NBA."

The 7-1, 340-pound O'Neal transforms into a title threat a franchise that has reached the conference final only once in its 16-year history. The Heat have won one playoff series in the past four years and went 42-40 last season.

"I never imagined that we would acquire Shaquille O'Neal," guard Eddie Jones said. "It's once-in-a-lifetime trying to get a player like this guy. It's an unbelievable, unbelievable move."

At 32, O'Neal is coming off a season when he averaged a career-low 21.5 points, and he has missed 15 games each of the past three seasons with foot and leg injuries. But he's an 11-time all-star with career averages of 27.1 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, and he's moving to the Eastern Conference, where there's a dearth of dominating centres.

"I've always said that wherever he is, that's where the balance of power is," Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said.

The trade marks a return to Florida for O'Neal, who began his NBA career in 1992 with Orlando and still has a home there. He led the Magic to the final in 1995, signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 1996 and helped them win three NBA titles.

Days after the Lakers lost this year's championship series to Detroit, O'Neal demanded to be traded, weary of feuding with Kobe Bryant and feeling disrespected by owner Jerry Buss. He's under contract for $27.7 million US this coming season and $30.6 million in 2005-06.

The Lakers' most significant acquisition is the versatile Odom, coming off the best season in his five-year NBA career. He and Butler were considered cornerstones in the Heat's recent rebuilding effort, while Grant is a 10-year veteran.

Riley he said he was saddened to part with all three players.

"It disheartens me to see them leave," Riley said. "However, you don't get many chances to acquire the best player in the league, and this was a trade I felt we had to make."

With the departure of three starters, Riley will build his team around O'Neal, Olympian Dwyane Wade and Jones, Miami's leading scorer each of the last four seasons. The Heat will now shop for help at both forward positions and backup point guard, and free agents will likely consider Miami a more appealing option with the addition of O'Neal.

"Everybody wants to be here now," said Jones, who played with O'Neal in Los Angeles from 1996 to '98.

Each player involved in the trade must pass a physical before joining his new team. O'Neal's first appearance in South Florida is expected to be Tuesday, the Heat said.

He instantly becomes Miami's highest-profile athlete, and Heat ticket sales have been brisk this week. O'Neal is moving from one city enthralled by celebrities to another, but there are a lot more of them in Los Angeles than in Miami, and O'Neal is likely to become the biggest thing on South Beach.

"There's a lot of excitement going around in the city," Heat guard Rasual Butler said. "They call Shaquille O'Neal 'Big Daddy' for a reason - because everything he does is big. And it's big news that he's coming here."

Steven Wine Canadian Press




posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 05:56 PM
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Holy moly... it actually happened. I kind of expected it to fizzle out somehow.

The Heat will be scary in the East next year...



posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 06:02 PM
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I kinda figured he was bound to go somewhere.

Glad the soap opera is over



posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 06:22 PM
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Gonna be a biiiiig hole to fill in the middle of LA's lineup.



posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 06:40 PM
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the soap opera isn't over it has just moved abck east a couple of thousand miles



posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 12:34 AM
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Originally posted by Cannon
Gonna be a biiiiig hole to fill in the middle of LA's lineup.


Erick Dampier's a free agent. What do you think of him?



posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 02:49 PM
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What an incredible trade! LA's no longer a title contender, heck they may not even make the playoffs and Miami is looking as strong as ever. Now if Shaq actually works out over the summer he will be a strong as ever and the Heat will be a very scary team.



posted on Jul, 15 2004 @ 06:23 PM
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Originally posted by Fox Mulder

Originally posted by Cannon
Gonna be a biiiiig hole to fill in the middle of LA's lineup.


Erick Dampier's a free agent. What do you think of him?


He's actually quite a solid player, and would fill the spot nicely. But to be realistic, it would be very hard for LA to acquire him given salary cap. And they don't necessarily have many good pieces to perform a sign-and-trade with either...



posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 10:40 PM
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the lakers should be kickin themselves in the butt right now. sure it seems like an ok trade but the heat are gettin the most powerful player in the league and the lakers are getting 3 players that havent been to an allstar game. brian grant is washed up lamar odom is goin to start fading and caron butler is gonna be an ok player but thats it. b/c of this trade they may not even make the playoffs like what was said earlier. this just shows that shaq doesnt care as much about winning like he used to when he was w/ the magic. he was mad b/c kobe was stealing his spotlight. if he was concerned about winning he wouldve stayed w/ la and made it work w/ kobe like the 3 titles b4. this trade was good for the heat and they will become really good but they need a yr or 2 to become great.



posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 09:24 AM
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Originally posted by jrod
What an incredible trade! LA's no longer a title contender, heck they may not even make the playoffs and Miami is looking as strong as ever. Now if Shaq actually works out over the summer he will be a strong as ever and the Heat will be a very scary team.


Unless Kobe winds up in jail, they're in the playoffs. No question.



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