Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Shaq Headed to Phoenix?

If ya can't stand the Heat, get the Shaq out the kitchen...According to a report by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Shaquille O'Neal may be on the move, heading to the Phoenix Suns:

O'Neal was planning to be in Phoenix on Wednesday, which, according to several reports, is when the Suns plan to have him take a physical - presumably the final roadblock before the deal that will send Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to Miami gets finalized.

The Miami Herald reported earlier Tuesday that the Heat were in "serious and ongoing" trade negotiations with the Suns, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said the deal could occur "within 48 hours." The Arizona Republic also reported a deal could be imminent and that O'Neal had contacted some Suns players Tuesday night.

A Heat spokesman said the team had no comment, and several Suns officials didn't immediately return phone calls from the AP. The Suns did, however, push their morning shootaround practice back seven hours, perhaps because of the uncertainty over the O'Neal situation. Phoenix plays New Orleans on Wednesday night.

The deal is rumored to include at least Shawn Mario, who's made it know he wants to be traded out of Phoenix. Kobe Bryant was surprised at the news saying "Really? "I know he likes the warm weather."

Shaq's currently averaging a career low 14.2 points for a struggling Heat team. The Suns surely want to add something to get them over the hump in the playoffs so they can beat teams such as the Spurs or Mavericks. The question is, is Shaq the answer? He's definitely not young and spry like he used to be.

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