Originally Posted by Patches O'Houlihan
The Lakers definitely should've traded to Shaq to either PHX or DAL. Like it makes a difference if we watch him win a championship in the west on those teams or in the East with Miami. Plus, with Kobe and Dirk/Amare the Lakers could've been contending for the past two years instead of getting raped by Miami.
Dallas wouldn't have given up Dirk and Phoenix wouldn't have given up Amare. I know I wouldn't have.
Shaq asking for $30 million a year didn't help the situation either. Even the $20 million over 5 years he got from Miami is high. That alone is enough justification to trade Shaq. No way I would pay a guy that kind of money, the $30 million, if he asked for it. That plus the Kobe contract would've eaten up the Lakers' entire cap.