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the report i saw on espn video stated they (Suns) heard Dallas was talking to the Heat and they didnt want to have to go against him and the lakers front line - so they are making this deal
 
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All I can figure is they think they can make it to the playoffs with what they have, and they need a big guy to get past Duncan in the playoffs?
 
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yea sound like this is strictly a move for the playoffs - basically the same reason i wish the Mavs could make a deal for Kidd - the west is getting loaded, those that stand pat may regret it even the "good" teams

lakers - Pau Gasol
Suns - Shaq
Spurs - D. Stoudamire
 

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I'm confused. Marion is so versatile, and still has a lot of playing time in him.
Shaq is not versatile at all and you might get 2 years out of him.
The Suns already have A Stoudamire, who is great center.
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This trade weighs so much in the Heat's favour.
 
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I'm confused. Marion is so versatile, and still has a lot of playing time in him.
Shaq is not versatile at all and you might get 2 years out of him.
The Suns already have A Stoudamire, who is great center.
:dunno:
This trade weighs so much in the Heat's favour.
almost sounds like they didnt want to play against him, maybe they know with one more ring he will retire this year and not stay the remainder of his contract at 20mill per
 

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The only level it makes sense on is the "team chemestry" level. It will get rid of an unhappy Marion, help move Studamire to his prefered position (PF) and gets Diaw some more minutes. Also I think Shaq playing with a true point guard for the first time in well, forever may give him a little bump this season. If they can get 17 points and 9 boards from Shaq the rest of the way they will be tough.

But overall I'm thinking it doesn't make much sense if your getting rid of Marion and willing to take back a huge contract why not do the Garnett deal at the start of the season? Or for Gasol or Kirelinko? Hell even a Vince Carter makes a little more sense than this move.
 

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Don't forget that Marion and Stoudamire don't like each other.

On the surface this trade makes little sense. The Suns will hope Shaq can
a)pass the physical
b)get inspired for what is likely to be his last run at a championship

After the season they can trade him since he'll only have one year left on his 20 mil a year contract. That's right folks, Shaq will go from MVP candidate to trade bait for cap relief.

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The only level it makes sense on is the "team chemestry" level. It will get rid of an unhappy Marion, help move Studamire to his prefered position (PF) and gets Diaw some more minutes. Also I think Shaq playing with a true point guard for the first time in well, forever may give him a little bump this season. If they can get 17 points and 9 boards from Shaq the rest of the way they will be tough.

But overall I'm thinking it doesn't make much sense if your getting rid of Marion and willing to take back a huge contract why not do the Garnett deal at the start of the season? Or for Gasol or Kirelinko? Hell even a Vince Carter makes a little more sense than this move.
they may try and use him like the Mavs use Damp and Diop, not as an offensive player so they dont have to wait on him to make it down court when not playing half court
 

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I'm confused. Marion is so versatile, and still has a lot of playing time in him.
Shaq is not versatile at all and you might get 2 years out of him.
The Suns already have A Stoudamire, who is great center.
:dunno:
This trade weighs so much in the Heat's favour.
Shawn Marion really needs to play the 4 where his quickness and range is a mismatch. Amare Stoudimire also really needs to play the 4 where his defense is less of a liability and his size is a mismatch.

It's a logjam. They're basically improving chemistry by moving a sulky Marion and opening up space to move Stoudimire to the 4 by both clearing Marion out of it and adding someone to rotate in at C with Diaw.

Shaq can't run but he is an exceptional passer so he fits the offense in the half-court sets. He can give 20-24 quality minutes a game still.
 

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Hornets need to do something... all the top teams are adding pieces and we havent fixed our bench yet.
I think they should be asking the Clippers about Chris Kaman if for no other reason for the entertaining stories that will come out having a guy like this in New Orleans.

(from Bill Simmons "Top 50 trade value story")

To everyone's perpetual shock, the K-Man has evolved into a low-post beast, a guaranteed double team and a darkhorse to become the white Moses Malone. So what if he sucks defensively? After a two-year hiatus when Brad Miller's career went in the tank, we finally have someone to claim the "Best White American Center" championship belt again.



(Note: The K-Man also emerged as a comedic tour de force when we were shooting my "E:60" piece two weeks ago, admitting he hates L.A., describing how he drives his boat into international waters so he can fire guns at fish, and even uttering my single favorite quote of 2007: "I promise to start reading your column as soon as I learn to read." He was joking. We think. I demand a Chris Kaman "Cribs" episode within the next 10 months.)
 

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