A really big thing, actually.
Shaquille O'Neal is not coming to Dallas, unless it's to live out his post-NBA retirement years.
You've no doubt heard and read things about his interest in joining the Mavericks. I confess I have no idea about the validity of those thoughts.
But after chatting up some insiders, what I can tell you is that O'Neal is not an over-the-top acquisition anymore. He had decent numbers last season, but let's face it: if you can't get along with Steve Nash, then something's wrong. And there is considerable evidence that at least some of the Phoenix Suns' internal problems last season could be traced to the turmoil brought forth by O'Neal and all of his Shaq-ness, for lack of a better term.
The best thing O'Neal would be worth in a Mavericks' uniform would be to boost ticket sales. But last I checked, the AAC has been pretty darn full for most every game.
Listen, we here at the blog are Shaq fans like everybody else. He's funny and he's still a force in the paint. But he's not what he once was - and he also wants another two years tacked onto his contract.
It all points to a lovely union between him and LeBron or him and KG or him and somebody else. But not him and Dirk.