Legendary Moments in NBA History

Legendary Moments In NBA History: Los Angeles Lakers trade Shaquille O'Neal to Miami Heat

On July 14, 2004, the Los Angeles Lakers traded superstar Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and a future first-round pick.

O’Neal was a three-time Finals MVP with the Lakers as he helped Kobe Bryant and L.A. win back-to-back-to-back championships from 2000-02. At the time of the trade, O’Neal was an 11-time All-Star with career averages of 27.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.6 blocks.

Alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami, O’Neal guided the Heat to victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.

O’Neal averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during his three-plus seasons in Miami from 2004-08. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 6, 2008.

The Heat retired O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey on Dec. 12, 2016. At the ceremony, Heat president and former coach Pat Riley said about O’Neal, “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. There are a lot of them in the history of the NBA, but he’s a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition for us and meant so much to us.”

“We would not have won the championship in 2006 without the efforts of Shaquille O’Neal.”