It's very, very Illeagal. Payton, as well as Karl Malone were both free agents. Ivy is not. Although the info I have is that Shaq himself didn't contact Ivy. A buffer for Shaq did. Basically trying to circumvent the tampering laws.
Good win tonight by the Heat. However they may have lost anyways. Dallas did exactly what they wanted to. Kept it close, and forced Miami to extend their entire Wad just to comeback. And when you're an Old, and not very deep Heat team, that will kill them for the next game which is only one day off before game 4. Especially against a much deeper, younger, faster Mavs team. Dallas will win game 4. Miami's old players will be sucking wind mid-way thru the 3rd quarter.