Shaq-Marion Trade Official?

by February 06, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

According to rumors, all Shaq has to do is pass a physical and poof, he’s a member of the Phoenix Suns. Holy Crap!

I can only guess that the Suns were feeling left out of the Trade Derby after Boston and LA pulled off big deals. So, now it looks like Shaquille O’Neal is headed off to Phoenix in exchange for Shawn Marion (with Marcus Banks being the throw in). Crazy.

What it boils down to is this: the Suns are clearly looking to shore up their interior play (while getting rid of the perennially unhappy Matrix), and Miami is hoping to create desperately needed cap space.

Could you imagine a Shaq-Amare frontline? Had this been three or four years ago, every other team in the League would’ve simply thrown in the towel, and conceded the title to Phoenix. Now, it’s just strange. But still kind of scary.

Seriously, if this goes down, Shaq will have to be considered the luckiest SOB ever. As a young guy, he played with Penny, reached the pinnacle of his career alongside Kobe, aged gracefully with D-Wade taking the charge … and as his health betrayed him, and his game fell off the face of the Earth (with everyone having written him off), he might be given yet another shot at the ‘Chip riding with Nash and STAT. Unbelievable.