Coach Mike Brown said the Cavs considered trading for O’Neal over the summer when Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird basically made his whole team available as he started a makeover.
Brown coached O’Neal for two seasons when he was an assistant with the Pacers from 2003 to 2005 and knows him well. But the two sides never could reach an agreement on a deal.
“He was talked about as were other guys on their team that were talked about for trade possibilities,” Brown said. “We couldn’t get anything worked out.”