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Suns acquire Shaquille O’Neal in a blockbuster deal with the Heat

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Phoenix Suns made a blockbuster trade with the Miami Heat. They have sent Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to Miami in exchange for future NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal.

The move was seen as a major gamble for the Suns’ front office. Due to O’Neal’s age, this trade may not work out for them. Only time will tell if it works out in their favor.

Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal drives to the basket against Eddy Curry against the New York Knicks
Shaquille O’Neal drives to the basket against Eddy Curry against the New York Knicks (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Phoenix not only gets a huge presence in the center position. But O’Neal brings a wealth of experience to the team. 

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He is a four-time NBA Champion and has made the All-Star team fourteen times in his career. O’Neal is one of the most dominant players in the history of the league. 

Before this trade, O’Neal appeared in 33 games with the Heat. He made all 33 starts.

This season, he was averaging 14.2 points per game at the time of the deal. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game in 28.6 minutes per contest.

Marion had been with the Suns since the 1999-00 season before this trade. He had appeared in 47 games before the deal. He started all 47 games.

He had been averaging 15.8 points per game. Marion was also averaging 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game with the Suns.

Banks is just a cap filler in the deal. He has been a reserve for the majority of his career.

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He has not started more than 29 games in his career. During the 2005-06 season, he started 28 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Banks also started one game with the Boston Celtics that season.

This season; however, he has appeared in 24 games. He made just one start.

He was averaging 5.2 points per game at the time of the deal. He also had 0.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 12.9 minutes per game.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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