History is littered with deals or agreements (AOL + Time Warner, eBay + Skype, John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander[who?], Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac …) where one side clearly came out on top, while the other, thinking at the time it was a great deal, ends up regretting it.
This week there looks to be another one to add to the list, one that I just can’t ignore.
No, I’m not talking about the possible Microsoft/Yahoo merger, which I still don’t really have an opinion on yet.
I’m talking about the deal between the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns, where the Suns will get the run-down-past-his-prime-injury-prone-slow-as-molasses-in-Siberia-over-the-hill Shaquille O’Neal, and the Heat get a five time All Star in Shawn Marion (15.9PPG and 9.9RPG), backup Point Guard Marcus Banks and possibly a few draft picks.
The Heat also get rid of the $40 million dollars that would be paid to the declining Shaq (who is averaging a career low with 14.2PPG and 7.8RPG this season) over the next two years.
And the Suns get rid of the unhappy Marion, who could opt out of his contract at the end of this year, and they also get ….. ?
Can someone please explain to me what I’m missing? Seriously, what the @*#&% are they thinking? Do they think that the Arizona heat is going to rejuvenate the old Diesel, who is going to help take them to the promise land?