Where will Shaq land? Not where he wants to.

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Thumbnail image for shaq.jpgShaquille O’Neal made $20 million last season. He’s actually made at least that since 2001.

Right now, he can’t get an offer for more than $2 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

There were reports of Atlanta offering him the mid-level exception of two years at $5.8 million, but we learned during Summer League that rumor came out of Shaq’s camp, not the team. In fact, if you’ve heard a rumor about Shaq to a team, assume it came out of Shaq’s camp.

Teams are lukewarm on him. Not that he can’t play a little — he is still a big body, shot 56 percent last season and gave the Cavaliers 18 points and 10 boards a game. His PER was 17.9.

There is a role for him on an NBA team, but team’s don’t think he wants to fit in that role. He still wants to be a key player, he wants quality minutes and touches. And more than the veteran minimum money.

It’s what Allen Iverson revisited in a bigger body. Last season he was brought in to Memphis to play a role, but he disrupted the team on and off the court until they bought him out. Philadelphia gave him another chance ad things went worse. Right now, Iverson is getting less interest around the league than Shaq.

Shaq is going to latch on somewhere. Not Miami — remember he burned every bridge in that city (and there are a lot of them) when he left town the first time. Pat Riley was not bringing him back. Especially when they want their new trio of Superfriends to build chemistry and Shaq would have been a disruptive element.

Shaq had wanted to go to Dallas, but they have Brendan Haywood and Tyson Chandler now. Boston got Jermaine O’Neal instead — which should tell you about Shaq’s perceived value around the league.

Atlanta still may take him, but on their terms at their money. Same with a few other teams that may be interested. Shaq the player’s diminished skills are not worth Shaq the personality in many team’s eyes right now. You can argue if you want that image is not deserved, but that is the perception around the league. And perception is reality.

Bulls claim PG Kay Felder off waivers

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The Bulls’ point-guard position is a quagmire.

Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne are both injured (and not necessarily good). Jerian Grant is maybe an adequate backup pressed into starting. Ryan Arcidiacono is on a two-way contract.

Enter Kay Felder.

Bulls release:

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived forward Jarell Eddie and center Diamond Stone, and claimed guard Kay Felder off waivers.

Felder was waived by the Hawks, who acquired him in a salary-dump trade from the Cavaliers. Cleveland drafted Felder No. 54 last year, but ran out of roster spots this year.

Felder is only a moderate prospect. He impressed in the D-League, but at 5-foot-9, he has significant limitations. (His size also makes him incredibly fun to watch when he gets rolling.)

For Chicago, he’s a quite-noteworthy addition.

LeBron James: ‘I still got Pandora with commercials’

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Dwyane Wade revealed last year that LeBron James refuses to use his phone internationally unless he’s on Wi-Fi.

LeBron’s friend and new Cavaliers teammate again brought up that claim, and LeBron confirmed – then went even further about his own cheapness.

LeBron in a joint interview with Wade on ESPN:

No. I’m not doing that. I’m not turning on data roaming. I’m not buying no apps. I still got Pandora with commercials.

LeBron – he’s just like us!

As funny as that line is, keep watching to see LeBron hilariously explain how his hairline affects his interviews.

PBT Extra: LeBron as MVP and other NBA postseason award predictions

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Last year, Russell Westbrook had a historic season on his way to the MVP award, with James Harden and Kawhi Leonard right on his heels. But heading into this season, the dynamic for MVP — and many of the NBA awards — feels very different and wide open.

In this latest PBT Extra, I lay out my preseason predictions for every award — LeBron James for MVP, Ben Simmons for Rookie of the Year, and on down the list. There are a few leaps and surprises in there (predicting Most Improved or Sixth Man before the season is a crap shoot, so why not gamble).

Now the predictions season is over, let’s get on to the games.

Jazz: Dante Exum undergoing surgery after shoulder injury

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Jazz point guard Dante Exum hurt his shoulder in a preseason game – an injury that immediately looked like it could be season-ending.

Though Utah doesn’t outright say Exum is done for the year, this doesn’t engender much hope.

Jazz release:

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Danté Exum who suffered a separated left shoulder on October 6 vs. Phoenix.

After further evaluation, Exum (6-6, 190, Australia) has elected to undergo surgery to stabilize the AC joint of his left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled to take place Tuesday, October 24 in Los Angeles. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.

Exum (obviously) didn’t receive a contract extension before today’s deadline, so he’ll become a free agent next summer. After one full missed season already and two years of limited effectiveness, it’s not even clear Utah will extend Exum a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. The former No. 5 pick almost certainly won’t meet the starter criteria, which means his qualifying offer would be worth $4,333,931 (down from $6,619,903 based on his draft slot).

The Jazz will start Ricky Rubio, and Raul Neto will be the primary point guard behind him. Wings Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles can all share facilitating duties.

Utah will probably be just fine without Exum this season, which speaks to his marginal place long-term.