Jermaine O’Neal signing with the Boston Celtics is “almost a done deal,” according to Michael Wallace of the Miami Herald. No contract discussion was included in Wallace’s tweets.
Go ahead and nix any thoughts of a Bosh-J. O’Neal frontcourt reunion. O’Neal to Boston is almost a done deal. Bank on it.
I’m all aboard the J-train. I like O’Neal better than any other big mentioned in talks with the Celtics, regardless of O’Neal playing like a paralyzed schoolgirl in the first round of the playoffs. With apologies to all the paralyzed schoolgirls out there.
O’Neal can start while Perkins is injured, then bring his rebounding, shot-blocking and solid mid-range game to the bench when Perk comes back. Never mind that O’Neal has lost a step or two (or three); he can still help a ball-club win games.
I don’t think I could be happier with this signing. Actually, I would be if I hadn’t read the following tweet: (A. Sherrod Blakely)
“I wouldn’t mind having him on our team, I can tell you that,” Rivers said of Kwame Brown. “He could help us.”
But don’t worry guys: I’m pretty sure all the Kwame Brown stuff is just a practical joke.
P.S. – I’m starting to get really excited about this offseason’s potential. If the C’s… make it official with J.O. for a portion of the mid-level (as it’s rumored); the C’s spend the rest of the mid-level on a cheap but solid vet (Kyle Korver or Rasual Butler, anyone?); ship Rasheed Wallace’s retiring contract for a contributor (Leandro Barbosa?); then re-sign Tony Allen, the Celtics will have the following lineup:
PG: Rajon Rondo, Leandro Barbosa, Avery Bradley
SG: Ray Allen, Tony Allen
SF: Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler
PF: Kevin Garnett, Big Baby, Luke Harangody
C: Kendrick Perkins (injured), Jermaine O’Neal
I really like that lineup. Throw in a solid veteran’s minimum pickup or two and the C’s have a legitimate, legitimate 12-man rotation. Things might seriously be falling into place, as long as Ray gets his head on straight and comes back.
Update: Well, I got my wish. Ray’s back.