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Cavaliers' push to get Shaq appears in trouble

February 19, 2009 | 11:49 am

The Cleveland Cavaliers' proposed deal for Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal is not dead yet, but it's in trouble, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst.

He reports that the Cavs are getting creative in trying to find a way to help the Suns save money on the deal and are trying to find another team to join the mix. Apparently, the Suns are asking about Wally Szczerbiak because his contract expires after this season, but the Cavs don't want to lose Szczerbiak.

In a proposal first reported by the Plain Dealer, Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic were offered for O'Neal as part of the Cavs' push to add one more big man for the playoffs and show LeBron James that they will do whatever is needed to win a championship.

Meanwhile,, citing unnamed sources, says any Shaq deal is "highly unlikely" before today's noon trading deadline.

-- Debbie Goffa