"Shaq was in on Saturday night, drinking water and posing for photos with
fans," said Branden Powers of the Forum Shops at Caesars nightclub OPM.
According to Powers, "People were throwing teams out at him," asking where
he might land next season, after what is shaping up as an offseason Lakers
housecleaning in the wake of their shocking five-game loss in the NBA Finals
to the Detroit Pistons.
It was announced last week that veteran Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not
going to return, and troubled star Kobe Bryant is expected to check out the
free-agent market after opting out of his Lakers contract.
"People said the Bulls, the Magic, the Pistons," Powers said. "He kept
shaking his head no, and then he said: 'Don't you be surprised if I'm
playing for the Kings next season.' "
OPM owner Michael Goodwin also spoke to O'Neal about becoming partners on a
new Vegas nightclub.
Afterward, O'Neal drove off in an Isuzu Rodeo and turned up at the
Foundation Room (Mandalay Bay).
According to a server who chose to remain anonymous, "Shaq was telling
people that he'd love to play for the Maloofs -- partly because they could
afford his contract."