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Heat take big gambles with Shaq savings

Updated: August 11, 2005, 2:54 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Shaquille O'Neal has done what the skeptics said Shaq would never do.

The Big Pay Cut, by his own choosing, has surrendered his standing as the game's highest-paid player.

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True story: O'Neal will have the richest salary in the league for only one more season. That's because Shaq, after agreeing to a new five-year contract worth $125 million, called back to tell his bosses he'd take $100 million instead.

So for the next half-decade, through his 38th birthday, O'Neal ...

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