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.”‘
Shaquille O’Neal, an Option for the Nets?