June 25, 2009
LeBron and Shaq: Two of the NBA's biggest stars are now teammates.
The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a blockbuster trade Thursday,
bringing superstar center Shaquille O'Neal from the Phoenix Suns to
play with current MVP LeBron James, two people with knowledge of
the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition
of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.
The Cavaliers hope they are creating a basketball duo with the
drawing power of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson
and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- or even Shaq and Kobe Bryant.
Each of those pairs won multiple NBA titles. The Cavs would
settle for their first.
The Cavs are sending center Ben Wallace and swingman Sasha
Pavlovic to the Suns, along with a second-round pick in the 2010
draft and $500,000 in cash, one of the people close to the deal