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Post Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:39 pm 
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Suns, Heat agree to Shaq trade
By Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
February 5, 2008

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No longer confident they can win a championship with their current roster, the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will bring them Shaquille O'Neal, pending results of a physical, a source with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.

O'Neal will travel to Phoenix aboard a private plane, the source said, to undergo an MRI on his ailing left hip Wednesday. If he passes the physical, the Suns will complete the trade by sending Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat.

The Miami Herald first reported the Suns and Heat were in serious discussions regarding the trade.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:45 pm 
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If the deal pushes through...I think it will be beneficial for both teams, hoping the Suns can win a championship and Shaq can retire with another trophy. Marion on the other hand will get more playing time and possible cement his place as one of the top Eatern conference forwards in the upcoming seasons.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:54 pm 
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Hopefully the Suns can win the championship trophy in 2 years.. or else Shaq, Nash would retire and they will start rebuilding again. Marion still has more playing years than Shaq. Short term goal for the Suns.

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:47 am 
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Heat trade Shaquille O'Neal to Suns

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns have acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning, blockbuster deal that sends four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat. The improbable pairing of the speedy Suns and the slow but once-mighty O'Neal became official when he cleared a physical exam Wednesday.


The trade, a dramatic move by first-year Phoenix general manager Steve Kerr, signals an unexpected change in philosophy for the Suns, adding a 7-foot-1, 325-pound center who has won four NBA championships but has been plagued by injuries in recent years and turns 36 next month. O'Neal has been out with a hip injury and underwent an MRI exam in Miami on Tuesday. He flew to Phoenix on Wednesday for the physical.

"I'm well aware that I'm on the line," Kerr told The Associated Press. "That's my job. That's why I'm sitting in this seat. I'm comfortable with the decision. I think it gives us a better chance to win, and a better chance to win in the playoffs."

O'Neal has averaged 25.6 points and 11.5 rebounds in his 14-plus NBA seasons.

This season, plagued by injuries and going through a divorce, he's averaging 14.2 points. His 14-year streak as an All-Star choice came to an end this year.

He missed much of the 2006-07 season with a knee injury and finished that year with career-lows in games (40), scoring (17.3 points), rebounds (7.4), minutes (28.4) and free-throw percentage (.422).

Phoenix gambled he will be healthy and more motivated when he moves to the desert.

For the three-plus seasons since Steve Nash came to town, the speedy Suns have been darlings of NBA fans grown weary of the slow style that has prevailed for years. But the Suns have fallen short in the playoffs, never making it to the finals.

The addition of O'Neal doesn't necessarily put the brakes on the running game, Kerr said.

"We ran when Kurt Thomas was here. He got the rebound, and everybody else ran down the court," Kerr said. "We're still going to run, but we feel like we'll have a better halfcourt team."

Marion, weary of being third fiddle to Nash and Amare Stoudemire, asked to be traded before the season began. He didn't get his wish and, although he refused to talk publicly about it, remained unhappy with his role.

Still, his talents fit well with the fast-paced style that coach Mike D'Antoni wanted, especially with his ability to finish on a fastbreak. He also was the team's best defender, guarding everyone from Tony Parker to Yao Ming. Marion, who has spent all of his 8 1/2 NBA season with Phoenix, made the All-Star team five times, including the last three seasons.

This year, though, he failed to make it, while Nash and Stoudemire did. Marion has an NBA career averages of 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. This season he's averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 boards.

The Suns have the best record in the West (34-14) but have not played up to their own expectations. Their interior defense is among the NBA's worst. Kerr apparently felt that without a large presence inside, Phoenix could not combat the big men, such as Andrew Bynum and Tim Duncan, in the playoffs.

With O'Neal on the court, Stoudemire can play his more natural power forward position.

O'Neal's move west adds fuel to the already intense rivalry between the Suns, the Lakers and his old teammate Kobe Bryant.

The trade required a significant financial commitment from the budget-conscious owner Robert Sarver because O'Neal is scheduled to make $20 million this season and $20 million more each of the next two.

Marion makes $16.4 million this year and could opt out of the $17 million final year of his contract after this season. Banks has been in and out of the Suns' rotation the past two seasons.

O'Neal entered this season talking about how he wanted to win at least one more title, saying his "legacy" wouldn't be complete unless he left the game with at least five rings.

The Heat, though, have lost 19 of their last 20 games and have the NBA's worst record at 9-37.

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AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:08 am 
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Nice... Hate it or love it but Suns are my team right now. :superman:

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:07 pm 
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IMHO it's a bad trade Shaq is old already. The Suns made a big mistake

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:19 pm 
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It's make it or break it for the Suns, this is the last chance for Shaq. No room for second chances on such a high profile trade


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:34 pm 
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very good move but short term goal for the suns :wink:

I'm a suns fan now :evil:

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:46 pm 
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I trust that the suns made a good move. The medical doctors of the suns are far the best in the league. Just think, Grant Hill should have been shelved a long time ago and look at him right now, he is having the most complete season in his career. Shaq could become the next Jabbar (retired at 40) if they could pull this one out. As for the slow aging issue, IMO they only need 3 players to run a fast break. :superman: :lol:

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:45 pm 
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Shaq grabs the board, throws a pass to Nash (midcourt) fast break... and Amare can run the break as well with Shaq getting the rebounds. Shaq and Amare front court is scary :)

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:27 pm 
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Shaq grabs the board, throws a pass to Nash (midcourt) fast break... and Amare can run the break as well with Shaq getting the rebounds. Shaq and Amare front court is scary :)


hmmm.. i'm thinking..

kareem grabs the rebound, throws an outlet pass to magic

magic dishes to worthy for a slam! :dance:

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:33 am 
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Kidd appears headed to Mavericks in blockbuster deal
By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
February 13, 2008

DALLAS (AP) -- Jason Kidd appears headed back to where his career began, rejoining the Dallas Mavericks in the latest Western Conference megatrade.

Kidd is the centerpiece of a proposed deal between the Mavericks and New Jersey. Various media reports say Dallas will send emerging point guard Devin Harris, veteran Jerry Stackhouse and reserves DeSagana Diop, Devean George and Maurice Ager to the Nets, with forward Malik Allen going from New Jersey to the Mavericks.

The details still were being worked out, but Stackhouse said his agent told him the trade would be completed.

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"Now I think it's pretty much a done deal," Stackhouse told The Associated Press.

Stackhouse added that he may be able to rejoin Dallas within 30 days, an indication the Nets would buy out his contract.

"I feel great. I get 30 days to rest, then I'll be right back," he said. "I ain't going nowhere."

By adding Kidd, the Mavericks are clearly in a win-now mode. He is 10 years older than the 24-year-old Harris, but also far more ready to lead a team on a title hunt. Dallas has been close in recent years, losing in the NBA finals in 2006, then winning 67 games last season before flaming out in the first round.

Mavs officials were reluctant to shake up their core, but a recent slump and some big additions by Western Conference rivals may have helped change their minds.

"I think Devin has a lot of upside, but Jason Kidd is the type of all-league point guard our teams needs," Stackhouse said. "We just need a jolt. Adding a player like him can re-energize a team, hopefully."

Dallas and New Jersey were in serious talks about Kidd earlier this month. Stackhouse said it was almost nailed down Tuesday night, then called off, only to be revived again Wednesday morning.

The top teams in the West have stocked up their rosters in recent weeks. The Lakers got things rolling by plucking Pau Gasol from Memphis and last week Phoenix traded for Shaquille O'Neal. San Antonio added point guard Damon Stoudemire to its rotation.

Mavs brass resisted overhauling the team in the offseason and held steady the last few months. Whether it was the team's sloppy play of late or to counter the moves made by their rivals, owner Mark Cuban finally felt the time was right.

Dallas (34-17) was tied with the Lakers for the third-best record in the West going into Wednesday night's game against Portland, but was coming off two ugly losses -- one against Kidd and the Nets on Sunday -- and has yet to play up to coach Avery Johnson's expectations for long stretches. Their recent slide was partly because Harris has been out with an ankle injury.

"It's been kind of stagnant all season," Stackhouse said. "I think you just try to find the right piece. Maybe this is the right piece that really helps our team, that gets our scorers easy opportunities. Getting Pau or Shaq wouldn't have helped that case. Getting a point guard, that gets you easy opportunities. It solves that issue for us."

Kidd has been looking to get out of New Jersey for months. The Nets are 23-29 and unlikely to be contenders in the East, like he made them for most of his tenure.

Kidd led New Jersey to the NBA finals in each of his first two seasons there, but the Nets haven't gotten past the second round of the playoffs since.

Kidd's arrival should be a boon to reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki, providing him with the easy baskets he used to get when teamed with Steve Nash. His presence also will open things up for Josh Howard, plus let Jason Terry spend more time at shooting guard.

Harris' numbers have gone up in each of his four seasons, helping him earn a five-year contract worth roughly $42 million prior to this season.

However, he's nowhere near the distributor Kidd is, nor is he liable to get a triple-double. He may eventually have that well-rounded of a game, but the Mavericks decided they couldn't wait.

Losing Diop hurts Dallas' front line, as he is the primary backup to starting center Erick Dampier. However, Diop -- who is a free agent after this season -- had fallen out of favor with Johnson lately.

George, also headed toward free agency, was in his second season with the Mavericks, but never found his niche because of injuries and a logjam at the small forward-shooting guard spots. Ager was another in that crowded mix. In his second year from Michigan State, he never worked his way into the rotation and recently was sent to the NBA Development League.

Allen was averaging 5.4 points in almost 16 minutes per game for New Jersey this season.

Kidd broke into the league in 1994-95 when Dallas made him the third overall pick. He was voted co-Rookie of the Year, but the club was such a mess it was better known as the Mav-wrecks. In fact, it was the trade of Kidd to the Phoenix Suns in December 1996 that convinced ownership to lure Don Nelson out of retirement, a hire that ultimately put Dallas back among the NBA's elite clubs.

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Kidd appears headed to Mavericks in blockbuster deal
By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
February 13, 2008

DALLAS (AP) -- Jason Kidd appears headed back to where his career began, rejoining the Dallas Mavericks in the latest Western Conference megatrade.

Kidd is the centerpiece of a proposed deal between the Mavericks and New Jersey. Various media reports say Dallas will send emerging point guard Devin Harris, veteran Jerry Stackhouse and reserves DeSagana Diop, Devean George and Maurice Ager to the Nets, with forward Malik Allen going from New Jersey to the Mavericks.

The details still were being worked out, but Stackhouse said his agent told him the trade would be completed.

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"Now I think it's pretty much a done deal," Stackhouse told The Associated Press.

Stackhouse added that he may be able to rejoin Dallas within 30 days, an indication the Nets would buy out his contract.

"I feel great. I get 30 days to rest, then I'll be right back," he said. "I ain't going nowhere."

By adding Kidd, the Mavericks are clearly in a win-now mode. He is 10 years older than the 24-year-old Harris, but also far more ready to lead a team on a title hunt. Dallas has been close in recent years, losing in the NBA finals in 2006, then winning 67 games last season before flaming out in the first round.

Mavs officials were reluctant to shake up their core, but a recent slump and some big additions by Western Conference rivals may have helped change their minds.

"I think Devin has a lot of upside, but Jason Kidd is the type of all-league point guard our teams needs," Stackhouse said. "We just need a jolt. Adding a player like him can re-energize a team, hopefully."

Dallas and New Jersey were in serious talks about Kidd earlier this month. Stackhouse said it was almost nailed down Tuesday night, then called off, only to be revived again Wednesday morning.

The top teams in the West have stocked up their rosters in recent weeks. The Lakers got things rolling by plucking Pau Gasol from Memphis and last week Phoenix traded for Shaquille O'Neal. San Antonio added point guard Damon Stoudemire to its rotation.

Mavs brass resisted overhauling the team in the offseason and held steady the last few months. Whether it was the team's sloppy play of late or to counter the moves made by their rivals, owner Mark Cuban finally felt the time was right.

Dallas (34-17) was tied with the Lakers for the third-best record in the West going into Wednesday night's game against Portland, but was coming off two ugly losses -- one against Kidd and the Nets on Sunday -- and has yet to play up to coach Avery Johnson's expectations for long stretches. Their recent slide was partly because Harris has been out with an ankle injury.

"It's been kind of stagnant all season," Stackhouse said. "I think you just try to find the right piece. Maybe this is the right piece that really helps our team, that gets our scorers easy opportunities. Getting Pau or Shaq wouldn't have helped that case. Getting a point guard, that gets you easy opportunities. It solves that issue for us."

Kidd has been looking to get out of New Jersey for months. The Nets are 23-29 and unlikely to be contenders in the East, like he made them for most of his tenure.

Kidd led New Jersey to the NBA finals in each of his first two seasons there, but the Nets haven't gotten past the second round of the playoffs since.

Kidd's arrival should be a boon to reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki, providing him with the easy baskets he used to get when teamed with Steve Nash. His presence also will open things up for Josh Howard, plus let Jason Terry spend more time at shooting guard.

Harris' numbers have gone up in each of his four seasons, helping him earn a five-year contract worth roughly $42 million prior to this season.

However, he's nowhere near the distributor Kidd is, nor is he liable to get a triple-double. He may eventually have that well-rounded of a game, but the Mavericks decided they couldn't wait.

Losing Diop hurts Dallas' front line, as he is the primary backup to starting center Erick Dampier. However, Diop -- who is a free agent after this season -- had fallen out of favor with Johnson lately.

George, also headed toward free agency, was in his second season with the Mavericks, but never found his niche because of injuries and a logjam at the small forward-shooting guard spots. Ager was another in that crowded mix. In his second year from Michigan State, he never worked his way into the rotation and recently was sent to the NBA Development League.

Allen was averaging 5.4 points in almost 16 minutes per game for New Jersey this season.

Kidd broke into the league in 1994-95 when Dallas made him the third overall pick. He was voted co-Rookie of the Year, but the club was such a mess it was better known as the Mav-wrecks. In fact, it was the trade of Kidd to the Phoenix Suns in December 1996 that convinced ownership to lure Don Nelson out of retirement, a hire that ultimately put Dallas back among the NBA's elite clubs.

If this pushes through, and it seems it will, then Dallas would be a title contender for the Western Conference. Talk about a real blockbuster trade. :|

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:25 am 
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Due to George's refusal to be traded and Stackhouse's big motuh, the trade has been altered to include Trenton Hassell and Keith Van Horn (the real winner - since he has been signed to a deal to match the figures). Let's just wait and see if NBA approves the trade :|

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