Suns-Heat Trade: Shaquille O'Neal Officially Bound for Phoenix

Sean StancillSenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2008

Shaquille O'Neal must be nothing but smiles because he has jumped from the NBA's worst team to one of the elite teams and the top team in the Western Conference (record-wise).

The deal sent 14 time All-Star and NBA great O'Neal from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks has been cleared by the league.

The deal was reported yesterday and it was only awaiting a passed physical from O'Neal.

O'Neal flew to Phoenix Tuesday night and passed it today (2/6/08).

I don't wanna brag, but I TOLD YOU SO.

In my first article, I predicted that Shaq would be traded before the deadline to better assist Miami's sinking future.

When O'Neal first learned of the news, he was surprised but also happy.

The center will be joining Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Amare Stoudemire, and Grant Hill.

O'Neal will most likely be the team's starting center and the acting center Amare Stoudemire, will convert to power forward. 

O'Neal began his career in Orlando where he won rookie of the year and was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where his career sky rocketed into stardom in the city of stars.

After L.A.'s historic loss to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals (after acquiring Karl Malone and Gary Payton), O'Neal was traded that off season to the Heat in which he promised the city of Miami a ring.

O'Neal delivered on that promise as he helped the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in the finals.

The Heat began their fall to the cellar of the league this season when O'Neal got hurt and was ineffective for most of the year. He was criticized by teammate Dwyane Wade and coach Pat Riley.

After constant rumors of Miami trying to trade O'Neal, the deal finally materialized. The league will be shell shocked after this trade, and expect a couple more notable trades to be pulled off as we are 11 days away from the Feb.17th trading deadline.

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