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Report: Atlanta Hawks make two year offer to Shaquille O'Neal

Jul 6, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for ONeal_Dunk.jpgUPDATE July 6, 9:49 am: Perry Rogers, Shaq’s agent, denies that any offer has been made. He said they are still listening to Boston, Dallas and Atlanta.

This is what agents do, keep options open for clients. However, frameworks are discussed before offers are made. So Atlanta wants to know Shaq’s reaction to two years at $5.8 million, and if he says he’d take it, then he’ll get the offer.

All of which is to say — the story is correct, there just hasn’t been a formal offer yet.

July 5, 5:17 pm: The Big Peach?

Shaquille O’Neal is seriously considering a two-year offer from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Tim Potvak at FanHouse.

The Hawks got pushed around by the Orlando Magic and swept out of the playoffs in the second round for the second consecutive year. There had been talk about trying to get bigger and more physical inside, rather than starting Al Horford at center.

With Shaq, they could start him at center, make Horford the four, Josh Smith the three, the newly re-signed Joe Johnson at the two then either Mike Bibby or a new player at the point. (Hawks fans are praying it’s a new player.) This may not work well, though — Josh Smith was good but far less productive in the limited time he played three. However, the limited time Horford played the four he was dominant.

Or, the Hawks could just trade Smith, something they have been exploring, according to the FanHouse report.

Is Shaq, along with new coach Larry Drew maybe trying something crazy like off-the-ball movement and not just isolation basketball, enough to put them over the top? Well, let’s wait until LeBron, Bosh and Wade get around to making up their mind before we decide who wins the East next season.

  1. Tremaine - Jul 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    This makes sense. Dwight Howard killed the hawks last year. I like the move.

  2. Camel Lover - Jul 5, 2010 at 10:26 PM

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    In 1950, the most popular brands are Camel cigarettes, Lucky Strike, Chesterfield, Commander and Old Gold, so not much change.

  3. Ken - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    I like the idea of of brining in Shaq! For pg maybe Allen Iverson? I mean Shaq is no monster but he is an inside presence.
    I’m not trying to hype AI but I think he would be willing to contribute for some money.
    What ever they do I think they should get Shaq and lots of vagina.

  4. Gracelain - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    This is certainly a great news for the Hawks fan.
    I think what would be more productive is keeping Joe Johnson, Josh Smith doing their thing, But the Hawks need to let Al Horford down to Marvin Williams position because is far productive as power forward when it comes to playing a big guy, but of course let Shaq Start at the Center position. now no matter what hawks do in their rotation Marvin williams should be the one on the bench, but please Josh is powerful presence on the Hawks floor, so no one should even consider trading a guy like that or even get him off the bench. Let Go Hawks!

  5. Laker_Lover - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    There’s a lot of hate between Shaq and Bibby. For this to work, Hawks would definitely get rid of Bibby’s sorry a$$.

  6. You idiot - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    dude, wrong place for your camel ads

  7. Candymarruth - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    This is bad news for Cleveland. Shaq won’t leave if Lebron is staying

  8. luffy - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Interesting twist. Even if he’s old, Shaq is Shaq so he’s still a force inside the paint. Atlanta will be a stud next season if this happens + if they get Childress back. they should get another PG, they have that Jeff Teague guy though, is he good?
    Start – Bibby/Teague, Johnson, Smith, Horford, Shaq
    Bench – Crawford, M. Williams, Childress, Zaza

  9. notsosmart - Jul 6, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    I don’t think Shaq is under contract.

  10. in FLORIDA - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    You people are delusional. Shaq is a non-factor in the league anymore. His time is not just past, it’s long gone. His minutes-per-game of effectiveness are next to nothing. Big body? Obviously. Menacing presence? Not even close. Footwork has slowed. No longer the rebounder or scorer or shot-blocker he maybe once was. And since he still won’t man-up and do something about his inability to shoot free throws, he’s now officially a late-game liability. He is NOT the missing piece to some team’s championship dreams.
    If the Hawks are offering, Shaq, you better jump on it. Because no one else will make an offer for two years. Your body’s breaking down relative to what an 82-game NBA schedule demands. One year? Maybe. TWO years? Please. Younger, more athletic bigs will beat him down the floor for easy buckets all game long.

  11. truth - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    right, he’s 38, now that lindsey hunter retired, shaq is the oldest active player in the league, his productive days are over

  12. CF98 - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    I was hoping he’d go to Boston of the sheer hilarity of Rasheed Wallace(if he’s really returning) and Shaq being teammates.

  13. ron - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    shaq is not on cleveland anymore. he is a free agent,and trust me cavs do not want to sign him at even 1 dollar. its realley a shame when it is all over shaq will have played for 10 teams and will be 45 years old.

  14. Kazaam - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    It’s time for Shaq to jump back into his highly lucrative acting career. Wait, that’s like saying he is a dominate player on the court. Sorry folks, after watching him in Cleveland last year you can stick a fork in him, he is done. Going through the pain of watching miss after miss from under the basket was enough to realize this guy is done.
    Saddest part about it is it leaves Cleveland with no center. Z is done too. After starting off his career with his feet cut open more than they were stitched shut, age is probably against Z than most other players in the league.
    If I were Shaq and the offer is serious I would take it and relax before retiring. I’m sure he has one or two highlights left in him because even a blind squirrel can find a nut from time to time but touting him as an impact player, Atlanta fan sounds more desperate than I would have thought considering the Joe Johnson signing.

  15. Sguy2130 - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    As a Cavs fan, Shaq is a liability unless he is guarding Dwight Howard, he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to help against penetration, he’s done. I give the guy credit for staying in the best possible shape he can for his age, but his post game has become painful to watch. Bye Shaq.

  16. Detroit4Life - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    See, that’s what Shaq gets. He is so conceited and spoiled. I’ll never forget how he yelled out give him more money in front of kids at a pre-season game (three times), then asks how is a%$# taste. Then says he’s “Superman”. What a freakin fool.

  17. ojhawks8247 - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    exactly i agree. bt like u said, trading josh would b ludicrous. n im not jus sayn dat b/c he’s my fav player. i mean shaqs retiring in 2 years. so y wud u just throw da numba 2 defensive player in da league away. lets not forget he leads da team n staels n cums second n assists. n he’s da best when it comes to dat block. idk wat da gms r thinkn bt dey r obviously not thnkn clear on da j smoove situation.

  18. alvin dover - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    There’s a reason Shaq is doing Icy Hot ads. He’s the Big Antique.

  19. wes unseld - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Shaq, a telegram from Kobe! How does Kobe’s *** taste now? another ring for Kobe and Shaq is begging for a job, shame…he should have never left LA, they would have let him sit on the bench and play 12 minutes a game, he would have 2 more rings by now. Rap on Shaq, Rap on…..

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