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CBMGreatOne wrote:I disagree jnormy. That Heat trade was NOT all that bad of a trade at the time considering ALL of the factors involved.
You have to weigh in the fact that Shaq was VERY unhappy, VERY expensive, and Shaq was clearly on the downward turn in his career. (Look at his career numbers before you bother to refute this.)
Also, Dwyane Wade is the main reason the Heat won that championship. Sure Shaq had a hand in it, and his veteran presence was as valuable as his tangible contributions, but we're not talking about a legit superstar in the NBA anymore (on performance alone-obviously the diesel will always be a legend).
There weren't people clamoring about how unfair this trade was because everybody had an EQUAL opportunity to get Shaq, the Heat just made the MOST attractive offer.
In real life, teams shop around, they don't just jump at the first deal. If this guy wanted to move Beltran, he should have shopped around also, rather than just take the first deal in which the numbers didn't seem too lopsided.
If I were in that league and that trade went through, I'd have second thoughts about playing in it again the next year, just my 2 cents.
People should be allowed to run their teams - they should not be allowed to jeopardize the integrity of a league with their ignorance and/or apathy.
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