I disagree. Getting the 38 year old center who's near the end of his career may be a good mover for this year (if he can replicate last season) but it sure doesn't help them in the long run (which would include any extension).
Shaq will be gone before any extension kicks in, so though it's a good move by the Cavs for next season, I'm not sure it really affects anything that would happen starting in the 2010-11 season when an extension would begin.
To get LeBron to sign an extension, I believe they still must convince him there's a good future in Cleveland and I'm not sure this is the move to do that (though I agree it can be a good deal in the short term)
Originally Posted by Edskin
As a Cavs fan, this makes me extremely happy. Fills a glaring need....but more importantly, this REALLY puts the pressure on LBJ to sign an extension this summer. He's said all along that he will stay in Cleveland as long as they commit to building a winner. Still doesn't guarantee he'll do it, but it's clear the Cavs FO is doing their part.