Hawks Said To Be Among Shaq’s Top Preferences

By John Manasso
July 8, 2010

Lost in the mania over where LeBron James will announce tonight at 9 p.m. as to where he is signing is plenty of other interesting NBA news.

Perhaps chief among them — from an Atlanta Hawks fan’s perspective — is the situation regarding Shaquille O’Neal. Kudos to AOL Fanhouse for excellent reporting on this story.

On Wednesday night, the site reported that San Antonio and Atlanta are “at the top” of Shaq’s list. The story said that the 38-year-old wants to play two more seasons and that his second would become sort of a “farewell tour.” The tour was portrayed in the story as an enticement for the Hawks to pay him more money than the $5.8 million per year that the mid-level exception allows in the hope that it “would sell out all 41 games,” as an anonymous