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Four months later, Cavs land Shaq

Shaquille O'Neal gives the Cavs the big man they need to slow down Dwight Howard

Updated: June 25, 2009, 4:37 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Lebron James and ShaqNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesIs Shaquille O'Neal the player LeBron's Cavs need to bring home an NBA title?
You rarely see a trade that's partially an admission of error by each side, but that's what happened in Wednesday's late-night trade that sends Shaquille O'Neal from Phoenix to Cleveland for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, the No. 46 pick in the draft and $500,000 in cash.

For the Suns, it's an admission that they goofed by trading Shawn Marion for Shaq in February 2008. At the time, they were in first place in the West and coming off a 60-win season; since then, they've won one playoff game.


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