Obviously they wound up trading for Shaq but it was only after they saw what Dwight did to their flimsy frontcourt. The Shaq Im talking about was the healthiest he'd been in years, the Suns training staff had him all cured up and he was performing at an All-Star level. He would have been the best teammate Bron ever had in Cleveland, which is kind of sad in itself but still true.
Ultimately the Cavs didnt want to part ways with Wally's expiring contract nor disrupt team chemistry. Wally wound up sitting on the bench during the playoffs however and Dwight had the best series of his career vs their hurt/outmatched centers.
When they finally got Shaq it was with the idea of matching up with Orlando, instead they faced the Celtics and Brown's incompetent coaching was on full display.
How good does All-Star Shaq make the Cavs? I think it gos without saying they beat Orlando but I dont see them taking out the Lakers at the height of their powers.