In what would’ve been a blockbuster deal in weeks before the 2005 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers are in negotiations to swap swingman Marvin Williams in a sign and trade for longtime center Shaquille O’Neal. With LeBron James‘ public spurning barely in the rear view mirror, executives around the league expect the Cavs to enter into rebuilding mode, a tough sell to fans just a year after pacing the league with 61 regular seasons wins. With the big name free agent market drying up in the days just before and after James’ big announcement, Cleveland now faces limited options, even if they were willing to spend big bucks and/or flirt with the luxury tax.From a Cleveland standpoint this trade makes a lot of sense. Shaq has no business resigning with the Cavs, as they should be shaving towards a younger roster, as is seen in any rebuilding project, and while Marvin Williams hasn’t lived up to the billing of second overall draft pick, the Hawks’ small forward is still just 24 years old. Cleveland obviously has a hole at the 3 following James’ departure, a spot which could be filled by Williams. In a way, Williams was a victim of poor circumstances during his tenure in Atlanta. Drafted just a year after the Hawks had already invested in Josh Childress and Josh Smith, the young fellow was faced with an immediate logjam fresh off the bench at UNC. Despite eventually becoming a full-time starter, with Childress fleeing the country and Smith’s shift to the 4, Williams never really found a place in the offense. Atlanta’s scheme is dominated by iso plays designed for Joe Johnson, leaving little offense for Marvin, who, like Joe needs the ball in his hands to score. A vocal contingent of Hawks fans have been calling for Williams departure for some time now, as he is further plagued by disheartening memories of what could have been for the franchise, with point guard superstars Chris Paul and Deron Williams taken soon after him in the draft. Acquiring Shaq would allow the Hawk’s to give Al Horford help with divisional nemesis Dwight Howard by providing an experienced big body off the bench. The Cavs, on the other hand, could take a chance on a scorer who has shown flashes of potency, but never quite put it together or found his place in an NBA system.