Everyone might be hearing those two names together more often in the near future. The both have been friendly for years now, dating back to when O'Neal and younger Kobe Bryant had a falling out in Los Angeles.
Shaq made it known his preference in 2004 was to be traded to Dallas, but ended up in Miami. Turned out just fine when Miami were the victors over the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.
Presently in Phoenix, he could very likely be playing his last few games in a Suns uniform.
He will not lead them to a title.
The gossip among mutual friends of the Big Diesel and Cuban, Internet blogs, newspapers, and Twitter shows signs O'Neal has significant interest in playing for the Mavericks next season. Though nothing is set in stone or concrete evidence, this rumble didn't form out of thin air.
What will it take to get Shaq to Dallas?
At the moment, Erick Dampier and Jerry Stackhouse have been mentioned as the pieces heading to Phoenix in the possible exchange. Anyone more core-related, say Josh Howard, and the Mavericks need not pull the trigger.
If O'Neal ends up in Dallas, do the Mavericks stop there?
No. With Shaq in the middle Dallas fills a major need, but does not complete the team. To compete for an NBA championship once again, the Mavericks must also address the hole they have at shooting guard.
What is the solution?
Allen Iverson—The Answer.
Iverson is an unrestricted free agent in the summer and Dallas needs to make him an offer. The Mavericks would present an ample opportunity for the disgruntled guard.
Iverson wants to start. Check. He wants to win a title. Check. Dallas needs a tough player, a scoring shooting guard, and someone who can take over a game. Check.
Of course, this scenario revolves around whether Shaq winds up in Dallas this offseason. With O'Neal the Mavericks have an increased shot of prying the A.I. fish from the free agent pool.
Dallas Mavericks' Potential 2009-2010 Roster:
PG - Jason Kidd/J.J. Barea
SG - Allen Iverson/Jason Terry/Gerald Green
SF - Josh Howard/Antoine Wright/James Singleton
PF - Dirk Nowitzki/Brandon Bass
C - Shaquille O'Neal/Ryan Hollins
This team would play for nothing short of an NBA championship, and believe it, they are hungry enough to get it!