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Roster moves: Suns sign Jermaine O’Neal, Magic keep Ish Smith

Aug 15, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

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There has been a handful of small roster moves in the last 48 hours the kind of things you want to know if it’s you’re team. Not difference making moves, but moves.

We thought we should bring them to you in bullet form.

• The Phoenix Suns have signed a deal with Jermaine O’Neal for the next season. This is a one-year, $1.4 million deal where he will back up Marcin Gortat. O’Neal had the Kobe/German/Orthokine knee procedure done this summer, and you combine that with the Suns’ miracle-working training staff and he should be able to give the Suns some quality minutes this year.

• To clear a roster spot, the Suns waived Brad Miller. He will retire from the game. And he will be missed, he had a solid NBA career.

• The Magic have re-signed guard Ishmael Smith – but everyone calls him Ish. This is a one-year deal where he will play sparingly behind Jameer Nelson. If you see a lot of him, it means the Magic’s season is going worse than already predicted. And it isn’t predicted to be good. Smith played 26 games last season split between Golden State and Orlando and average 9 minutes and 2.8 points per game.

• The Pistons have formally signed rookie forward Khris Middleton.

• The Suns also have waived guard Jerome Dyson.

• Former Raptor Alexis Ajinca has re-signed with SIG Strasbourg in France.

  1. dls612 - Aug 15, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I know what some of u are thinking. Just retire already! I say if someone is willing to pay why not! And jermaine is thinking the same!

  2. scalfor3 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    good for J.O. phoenix is probably the only place that can keep his knee in one piece

    • bozosforall - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Dumb comment as usual from a dumb Boston fan.

      • scalfor3 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

        aw man you ruined my night

      • bozosforall - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        Your mommy will make it all better.

  3. metalhead65 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    has this guy ever stayed healthy? I think he sprained his wrist signing his first big contract with the pacers and being useless to them after. but who can blame the guy if teams were dumb enough to give him millions for not playing.

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