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It looks like Superman will team up with LeBron James next season.

The Suns have agreed in principle to send center Shaquille O'Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, cash and a second-round pick in Thursday's draft, according to multiple reports.The deal could be finalized Thursday.

O'Neal, a 15-time All-Star who averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in 75 games last season, would provide championship experience and a proven post player for the Cavs � two areas that hurt them this season.O'Neal, 37 and a four-time NBA champion, is entering the last year of his contract, giving the Cavs cap flexibility after next season.

He will make $20 million next season.The Suns' motivation seems to be a straight salary dump as they would try to avoid the luxury tax.

The deal will save Phoenix about $10 million if it releases Pavlovic, The Arizona Republic reported.

Pavlovic, a wing player who averaged 4.6 points last season, and Wallace � a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year whose best days are behind him � aren't part of what is obviously a rebuilding plan for the Suns.Wallace, a center who's in the final year of a $14 million deal, has even publicly talked about retirement this summer.The Cavs finished with the NBA's best regular season record at 66-16.

However, their season ended in the Eastern Conferences finals, losing to the Orlando Magic.With the possibility of James hitting free agency after the 2009-10 season, the Cavs likely felt like they had to act now for any chance to retain him.Last offseason, the team added point guard Mo Williams to help lighten James' duties and that move paid off in the regular season.

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