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Could Shaq Be Heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IJune 14, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 06:  NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal speaks at a press conference prior to the IRL IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 550k on June 6, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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The rumors of Shaq being sent to Cleveland were loud back in February, but they seem to be on both the Cavs and Suns radars in June. The Arizona Republic reports the deal in principal would send O’Neal to Cleveland for Ben Wallace(who is thinking about retirement), and the expiring contract of Sasha Pavlovic.

Should the deal go through, the Suns could potentially save almost $10 Million dollars in salary cap money.

After the Clippers and Grizzlies make their selections on June 25th, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the clock, and the phone will probably be ringing. There are many who believe that if point guard Ricky Rubio is on the board when the Thunder pick, teams such as the Knicks, Celtics, Rockets, and Blazers could all be interested in moving up to take him.

The Thunder, who have Russell Westbook playing point guard currently, would love to improve their front-court, and players like the Knicks' David Lee could be available in some form of sign-and-trade multi-player deal. The Oklahoman reported today that the Thunder believe this is one of the deepest point guard drafts in recent memory, and they could very well select a serviceable guard at the No. 25 spot. Even if they don’t trade the third pick, that belief could mean a player like James Harden could be on his way to OKC.

In other news, The Los Angeles Times reported the possibility of Kobe Bryant leaving the Lakers seems slim. The Lakers guard spoke with the media Saturday, and when the question arose about Kobe opting out of his deal and leaving L.A., Bryant initially brushed off the question, but then stated he has no plans of leaving the Lakers now or in the future.

The Lakers do have some tough decisions to make this off season, including trying to re-sign both Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza. However, when you have the best player in the world on your side, negotiations are a little bit easier.

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