Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  13 responses

Shaquille O’Neal, an Option for the Nets?

Shaq, being from Newark (where the Nets will play next season), has the NY Post making the leap that New Jersey is in play for the big fella’s services: “Cavaliers free agent center Shaquille O’Neal, a Newark native, told The Post he would consider the Nets as a destination this summer — intrigued because they now reside in his hometown.  O’Neal, the Cavs “other” free agent, praised the new Prudential Center as being an NBA hotspot and said he would rather them not move to Brooklyn in 2013. ‘I think it’s better than most arenas, I think it’s one of the best arenas in the country,’ O’Neal told The Post following the Cavaliers’ stunning second-round elimination against Boston on Thursday night. ‘Hopefully they can stay there forever. I don’t know what’s going on with the Brooklyn situation, but it says a lot for the city of Newark … ‘I’ve got a lot of options,’ O’Neal said. ‘We’ll just see. I still got to sit down and look at all my options. I don’t want to comment on [the Nets]. It’s too early.’ But Shaq, at 38 the NBA’s oldest active player, wants to keep playing a few more years. ‘Of course. I missed 360 games due to injury in my career so by my calculations I still have 3.7 years left,’ O’Neal said. ‘That means I’m going to play until I’m 41. I’ve missed a lot of games, so I still feel I can play.”‘

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Would he come off the bench behind Kris Humphreys? He certainly wont start over Brook Lopez.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    If he backs up Lopez without incident I think this would be awesome. Great for his hometown of Newark.

  • Brickshooting J

    Shaq should have retired with some dignity after he won the championship with the Heat. Then again, with $20 million per year, you can buy a lot of dignity, hahahaha.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    I love Shaq, but no, him on the Nets would be a bad fit.

  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam RetepAdam


    God, no.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I wonder how long it would take Shaq to commit to New Jersey if LeBron signs there.

  • riggs

    hell no please dont slow down the nets even more, theyre a running team and the reason they lost so many games was because they tried to do half court offense.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Will ‘anyone’ want him next season…? he was as close to ineffective as I’ve seen from him ever…

  • Yesse

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t do it! Damnit. He would just be closer to Jay-Z and he wouldnt fit there anyway.

  • Weed

    What do you think about O’Neal in Spurs with Tim Duncan. I think that would be wonderfull.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Man, Shaq claims like ten cities as his “hometown”, lol. I realize his stepfather…oh, my bad, his FATHER, (cuz his biological didn’t bother – word to CL Smooth) was in the Army and dude moved around a lot, but remember a decade ago when the ASG was in San Antonio and he was all “I’ma put it down for my hometown”, blah blah blah. He probably claims Germany as his hometown too. lol

  • LA Huey

    If he’s planning to spend his last year as Mutombo did, that’s cool. Just play good soldier, spell a dozen or so minutes, mentor the young’ns, and overreact with excitement when witnessing a dunk. I can’t see him doing that though.

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