As anticipated, the Cleveland Cavaliers – hoping to rebound next season from an embarrassing, early exit from the NBA playoffs – have signed the aging, ailing Shaquille O’Neal, ESPN reports.
The network first reported the Cavs interest in the seven-footer four months ago. Many experts picked Cleveland, behind the engine known as LeBron James, to win the NBA championship this year. But Cleveland offered little resistance to Orlando’s Dwight Howard in the middle.
Shaq, 37, showed that he still has something left in the tank, finishing the most recent season averaging 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in 75 games with the Suns. He hadn’t played in that many games since the 1999-2000 season.