Re: Shaq wants to wear Celtics Green
posted at 7/24/2010 3:23 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Shaq wants to wear Celtics Green
IF that happens my guess would be S & T of Sheed's ghost plus money for Shaq and no one else. I don't know why Cle does that either unless they just want to save money at this point, or just really want to try sticking it to Miami. I think this is a long shot. Shaq in limited minutes does have benefits
Posted by croc
ESPN has hopped on board with the Ghost of Sheed S&T for Shaq but acknowledges that we need another wing too.
/> /> Boston needs another big man, and the final two games of the 2010 NBA Finals proved that the Celtics could benefit from adding a proven rebounder. With all due respect to the Josh Boones and Earl Barrons of the world, few of the still-available big men are capable of making the big splash that Shaq’s addition would produce.<<
/> /> As mentioned in the report, the only way to bring O’Neal to Boston at anything more than the minimum would be a sign-and-trade with Cleveland. Presumably, this would involve Rasheed Wallace
, whom the Celtics insist is still leaning towards retirement (and, until he officially goes through that process, Boston can trade his contract to a team seeking cap relief).
Trouble is, the Celtics' primary need right now is probably a backup wing (even with the re-signing of Marquis Daniels
), so they’d likely be eager to split Wallace’s money between O’Neal and another reserve swingman. <<
/> /> But regardless of how it happens, O’Neal would undoubtedly be a very intriguing addition to Boston's roster. <<
/> /> Remember that the Celtics' road back to the NBA Finals could very likely include postseason matchups against the Magic, Heat and Lakers -- three of O’Neal’s former employers, which would certainly add some additional spice to those battles. <<
/> /> But the Celtics clearly need another big man, and even if his skills aren’t what they once were, they’ll find no player who can make a bigger impact next season than Shaq. <<
IF Sheed is traded in a simultaneous trade they can take back $7.9m in salary for him ... That means we could kill two birds with one stone. Parker is due $2.8m leaving $5.1m for Shaq ... Does Cleveland do that deal to help Shaq, dump an aging Parker and add some cap space so they can pursue two marquis players?
The other option doesn't get as much value for Sheed but allows us to do a non-simultaneous trade for the second piece with another team but we'd only get $6.4m rather than $7.9m for Sheed. We get Shaq for say two years at $3.4m/yr and a PTE back from Cleveland for the balance of $3m which we have toward another player.