So Long Shaqtus, Hello Shaqalier

Quinn ThomasContributor IJune 25, 2009

As some of you have have heard or not heard, ESPN's Chris Broussard has reported that the Phoenix Suns gave up on the Shaq experiment and dealt him to Cleveland for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic, as well as Clevelands 46th pick in the draft and 500 thousand dollars.

We all the know that this is a salary cap/rebuilding move for the Suns, but look what it does for Cleveland. Not only does it make them better as a team, but it also makes LeBron happy because management has finally decided to listen to their star player.

Maybe it makes his decision to stay a little easier because they are trying to make some moves in hopes of bringing him a championship, or maybe it just reinforces his feelings about leaving because they could have pulled this same exact trade off on deadline day. It remains to be seen.

As for Phoenix, this move frees up some major cap space ($4.5 million), and after luxury tax, about $10 million. The question is though, will Ben Wallace take the buyout of about $8.5 million, or will he linger around Phoenix for the last year of his deal?

Overall, this trade may do the Suns a little good in preparation for the 2010 free agency shopping spree, but with some of the moves that GM Steve Kerr has made, it will only remain to be seen which player he will grab in 2010.

For Cleveland, it shows they want to win now and not later, all they need now is another solid defender to help out LeBron, seeing as how they have no picks in this year's draft.

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