Saturday , Nov , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq Could Return to Los Angeles Lakers

*He does not rule out a return to the Lakers as a free agent in the summer of 2010 on a one-year deal to back up Andrew Bynum. (On the other hand, he says he doesn’t want to go somewhere as a backup, but it’s hard to imagine him at starter’s minutes for a contender in two seasons.) The L.A. scenario is far off in ways that have nothing to do with the calendar — owner Jerry Buss would have to sign off on it, and people close to Shaq know the breakup was so contentious that Buss might be the tougher sell than Kobe Bryant. But O’Neal, at least, is open to the possibility.