False Alarm! Shaquille O'Neal Will Not Join New York Knicks

Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIJuly 15, 2010

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 14:  Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Miami Heat takes a breather during a foul shot in NBA action against the Orlando Magic February 14, 2006 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami  Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the day, there were reports that the New York Knicks could be coming to a final decision on whether or not to acquire Shaquille O'Neal from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a sign-and-trade deal. This was normal among the NBA teams and not really anything to get riled up about.

Many believe that a move for Shaq could be beneficial to the Cavaliers, as they could get some youth on the team in return. O'Neal may want to retire with the Knicks, as he could reunite with head coach Mike D'Antoni from his days with the Phoenix Suns.

A Knicks official stated that, "I don't think it would work with us on all kinds of levels." This is according to the New York Post .

Shaq is getting older, but I believe the Knicks would be making this move because they may want to draw more fans to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks also seem to like bringing former Phoenix Suns to the Knicks. From Mike D'Antoni to Amar'e Stoudemire, it looks like the Knicks are throwing a party, and all former Suns are invited. 

This deal looks to be dead as the Knicks have little to no reason to be giving up youth for an aging center.

There has also been some buzz about Shaq possibly being sent to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Marvin Williams. Shaq has always been seen as a dominant player on a dominant team, and seeing him in an Atlanta Hawks jersey would look very odd.