Is Shaq about to become The Big Euro?
Sources have indicated he’s even tested the market in Europe trying to land one last $10 million payday. But all of that is unlikely. Indeed, the Cavs may consider re-signing Shaq to a short deal that would pay him $5 million-$7 million and wait for a contender to get desperate to match up with the Lakers or Magic.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Shaquille O’Neal probably won’t cross the Atlantic Ocean, sign in Greece, Italy, or Spain, and become ‘The Big Euro’.
Yes, O’Neal is going through a messy divorce. Yes, O’Neal’s sponsorship money has probably dried up due to the economy and his decreased production on-court. And yes, O’Neal could use another massive pay day.
But legacy is more important to O’Neal than money. Like Kobe Bryant, he wants a fifth championship. Like the Three Kings in Miami, he craves and loves the American spotlight.
Neither of these goals can be achieved abroad. Winning in Greece, Italy, or Spain wouldn’t compare to winning an NBA Title; the press and attention would be different, too.
Of course, this could all be a ploy. Perhaps Shaq is flirting with Europe to improve offers stateside with NBA teams.
Whatever decision O’Neal makes, one thing is clear: the end is near. His next move could be his last, so he should pick wisely.
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