NEW YORK -- With experts panning the 2009 NBA draft Thursday as weak compared to recent years, Eastern Conference contenders opted to improve with draft-day trades. The Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of an NBA-best 66 regular-season games, added center Shaquille O'Neal, 37, in a deal with the Phoenix Suns . The Eastern champion Orlando Magic added eight-time All-Star Vince Carter from the New Jersey Nets.
O'Neal learned of the trade via Twitter. He responded to a tweet by @allonso asking if he were a Cavalier: "I didn't hear dat yet."
In return for O'Neal, the Suns received center Ben Wallace, swingman Sasha Pavlovic, a 2010 second-rounder and $500,000.
O'Neal won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and another with the Miami Heat. O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Tim Duncan are the only active players with four titles.
"I want to be the first to five," O'Neal told ESPN. "I'm all for it."
Even though his best days are behind him, O'Neal averaged 17.8 points last season and shot 60.9% from the field. With his size (7-1, 325), O'Neal should create plenty of open looks for Cleveland's perimeter players.
Carter averaged 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists last season. Orlando also got forward Ryan Anderson. The Nets got guards Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee and forward Tony Battie.
*Golden State G Jamal Crawford to Atlanta for G Acie Law and G Speedy Claxton.
*Minnesota's rights to G Ty Lawson to Denver for a 2010 first-rounder.
*Oklahoma City sent rights to G Rodrigue Beaubois and a future second-rounder to Dallas for C B.J. Mullens.
*New York F Quentin Richardson and cash to Memphis for F Darko Milicic.
*Los Angeles Lakers' rights to G Toney Douglas to New York for a future second-rounder, cash.
*Washington's rights to G Jermaine Taylor to Houston for cash.
*Denver's rights to G Sergio Llull to Houston for cash.
*Portland G Sergio Rodriguez, rights to F Jon Brockman and cash to Sacramento for the rights to F Jeff Pendergraph.
*Miami's rights to G Marcus Thornton to New Orleans for two future second-round picks.
*Detroit's rights to F Chase Budinger to Houston for a future second-round pick and cash.
*Lakers rights to G Patrick Beverley to Miami for a future second-rounder and cash.
*Charlotte's rights to G Robert Vaden to Oklahoma City for cash.