I think that Cavs' goals here are pretty clear. Ferry spent some significant time on the FA market signing a couple of solid role players in Parker and Moon and made a big noise trading for aging, but still effective Shaq. However, all these moves do not guarantee a championship. If Cavs and Celtics remain healthy throughout the season, I like Boston's chances better with their strong defensive play lead by Garnett and addition of experienced and still skilled Wallace. Many Cavs fans can point to addition of an effective big to add to big Z and a solid guard in Parker along with Moon, who would be a great addition to Delonte West and Wally and plug the holes in the roster. They could point to the fact that Cavs had the best record in the NBA. But it looks like potentially Boston looks stronger, and looked a lot better against Magic in the last play-offs. Back to Shaq. Ferry gave up ineffective Wallace, Pavlovic, along with a 2nd round pick and cash considerations to get him. Shaq had a very solid season with Suns, at least it was better than the previous year. But is he the player that the team needed? Can he lead the Cavs to the promise land? Is he better than Ilgauskas at this point in his career, which is clearly in the sunset stage? Will he play a big enough role on the team that has LBJ? I guess these questions will be answered when the games begin. But by the looks of it the answer will most likely be "no". Sure, Shaq is still big and scary to play against, but the league has enough young and talented centers who can effectively play against Shaq. You have Noah, Love, Jefferson, Horford, Bynum (not the infamous 3-point shooter), and of course dominating Howard, who was stopped only by Lakers. And nobody can guarantee that Shaq and LeBron could get along character-wise along with Shaq considerably slowing down with age. He can keep up with the fast-break, but he won't have enough to be able to consistently participate in the fast-paced offense. On the other hand, Cavs don't play the run-n-gun style, so if O'Neal can accept a secondary role and get out of LeBron's way, Cavs may be able to fight for the championship.