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Jermaine O'Neal nears a deal with the Boston Celtics

Jul 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for nba_oneal.jpgYou didn’t notice last year because Dwyane Wade mesmerized you, but Jermaine O’Neal had a pretty good year.

Danny Ainge apparently noticed. The Celtics are close to signing O’Neal according to Yahoo Sports.

Of course, there are always other suitors. Denver and Dallas in this case. All three teams who could use some front line depth.

But Boston has to be particularly tempting for any role player — they made it to the finals last year and will have much of the same team back. You’ll get minutes because Doc Rivers has to rest those aging stars during the season. Great, passionate fan base.

Plus, with Kendrick Perkins out the first couple months of the season, you’ll have the chance to really establish yourself.

Of course, it’s always about the money. This is going to take the full mid-level exception (nearly $5.8 million) or more. The years will come into play, as well. O’Neal is 31.

But apparently Boston is close. And this would be a good deal for them.

  1. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Do the Celtics have a mission to sign the most washed-up players year after year?
    08/09 – Stephon Marbury
    09/10 – Rasheed Wallace
    10/11 – Jermaine O’Neil?
    With Boston going for the most washed up, they can have a real competition with the Magic who keep overpaying for role/bench players for which team has the most backwards strategy. I love it!

  2. Dave - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    Jermaine O’Neal actually played well last year. And you can’t even spell his name. So you fail.
    See you in the Finals again, Anonymous.

  3. luffy - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Boston-Lakers finals next season if they close this deal, still LA but only in 6 games…
    Sorry Wade, Bosh, LBJ, etc. Better luck next next season…

  4. luffy - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Boston-Lakers finals next season if they close this deal, still LA but only in 6 games…
    Sorry Wade, Bosh, LBJ, etc. Better luck next next season…

  5. mikesporty - Jul 8, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Lakers will three-peat!… Guaranteed!

  6. Raj - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    13.6 points and 6.9 boards in over 28 minutes per game is “pretty good”??
    It’s good. Just leave it like that. Antonio McDyess didn’t have a “great” 2007 season because he went to an NBA Finals; however the fact that he can be productive after major knee problems, like O’Neal, is astounding.

  7. patrick - Jul 8, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Anonymous is an idiot. Jermaine O’neal is still good.

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