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Could Shaquille O'Neal be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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If you're like us, and you like blockbuster-y trade rumors with your Sunday breakfast, this morning is shaping up to be great.

According to the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers are talking about a deal that send Shaquille O'Neal to the Cavs in exchange for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic.

The two teams discussed this possibility earlier this year, but talks were shelved after February.
With O'Neal's $20 million salary (but a $21 million salary-cap number due to a trade kicker), the trade could save the Suns $9.9 million or even more if Wallace wants a buyout. The trade would save the Suns $3.1 million in payroll and projected luxury tax. Cutting Pavlovic, who has $1.5 million guaranteed in his final contract year's $4.95 million salary, could save another $6.8 million in payroll and tax.
ESPN's NBA guy Chris Broussard intimated on this morning's "SportsCenter"  that there is a "very good chance" this deal is made.

Shaq-to-Cavs talk heating up again     (Arizona Republic)

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