Shaq is old, he’s headed to the west, he’s got style, he’s barely still kickin’ it, and the Steve Kerr is a “fu” for making this trade.
I’m going to keep this brief because most everything’s already been said, but yes, this was a bad trade for Phoenix. They got the worst contract, they gave up the best player, and they lost their best defensive player. All this for a guy who can’t run or play defense, two pre-reqs for any potential Suns trade heading into the season. Shaq has reportedly promised not to let Steve Nash down, and that’s fine, so long as Nash has reasonable expectations. Shaq might post a 20.00 PER or so, perhaps even a little better, but I really don’t think the Suns are going to score much more than they are now–they currently lead the league. So, come play-off time, things could get a little iffy when O’Neal finds himself sprinting up and down the court and trying to contribute something defensively while avoiding foul trouble–all this at a ripe age of 36.
The sad part is the timing of it all. Had the Enforcer of Justice been grouped with a collection of offensive talent like this at 26, he may well have averaged 26-28 points, 12 boards, and 6 assists per game.