here is more about the O'Neal situation. I will sum it up, and give his quotes, if you want to read the entire artical not condensed, then here is the link-http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/5/069562-6935-039.html
The Indy Star reports:
He isn't upset today. He is outraged, hurt beyond words. He feels duped and betrayed, like the target of a cynical bait-and-switch scheme by people he now justifiably feels he cannot trust.
"I'm going to come back, be a professional and play for the Pacers this year, and I'm going to approach this season the same way I approach every season ,but outside of this year, I don't know where my future stands with the Indiana Pacers. I don't know where the trust is. I don't know if I can believe anything they tell me anymore."
Asked if he will demand a trade, O'Neal softened a bit, saying he wanted to sit down after next season and discuss his future. But he's lost confidence and faith in Pacers management. And he's not yet sure there's anything that can be done to rebuild that shattered relationship.
"Right now I'm a Pacer and I'm not going to shortcut the fans, my teammates, anybody, I'm not going to show up with a chip on my shoulder. And this has nothing at all to do with Rick Carlisle. I'm not going to take any of this out on him. But my word is all I've got in this world, and hopefully everybody else feels that way and acts that way. I've been deceived, and that's a hard thing to swallow."
These are the words of a young man who made the most important decision of his professional life, "in large part, because he (Isiah Thomas) was coming back. Ten, 15 times, they told me. It was etched in stone."
He feels like he was lured back under false pretenses, that he was willfully misled by management. His anger, surely, is justified.
He could have played with Tim and won championships. Instead, he stayed here, he even canceled his recruiting trip to San Antonio. Now, he wonders . . . why?
Asked if Walsh gave him any reason during negotiations to think management was considering a coaching change, O'Neal said, "No. Just the opposite."
Asked if Walsh told him during negotiations about the impending hiring of Larry Bird, a man who has a rough history with Thomas, O'Neal said, "No. I had no idea until the day it happened."
O'Neal's ire and disappointment are focused on Walsh, but he has good reason to take some issue with Bird, even though Bird was introduced a few days after O'Neal orally committed to stay. In O'Neal's view, Bird had more than two weeks between his hiring and the Aug. 1 free-agent signing date to share some of his thoughts about Thomas.
"At some point, when you say a guy is the franchise's cornerstone, you would think he (Bird) would sit me down and speak to me about it," O'Neal said. "I know management will make its decision no matter what, but let me know. I just wish we had these discussions when the contract was up. I could handle that. But it happens now? After the deal is signed?"
The Thomas issue isn't the only bone of contention. O'Neal also felt he was led to believe the Pacers would dramatically upgrade the cast around him.
Asked if he felt the team has gotten any better, O'Neal laughed. "You tell me," he said. "You tell me. I'll leave that up to you and let you figure out how I'm feeling right now."
In the end, it doesn't ultimately matter what really happened during negotiations. What matters now is what O'Neal believes happened in the days before he made his commitment.