Two players who had once been targeted by the Boston Celtics are likely headed elsewhere.
Shaquille O’Neal’s first choice is to join the San Antonio Spurs for one final run at a fifth NBA title, and he wants to play two more seasons before retiring, a source told FanHouse on Wednesday.
The source spent time Wednesday with O’Neal in the Orlando area, where the legendary free-agent center makes his offseason home.
The source said O’Neal said the Spurs and Atlanta are at the top of his list since there is interest with those teams on both sides. FanHouse’s Tim Povtak reported Monday the link between O’Neal and the Hawks, and there were indications from San Antonio on Wednesday that the Spurs do indeed have interest.
O’Neal also is interested in Boston but the source said he realizes the Celtics don’t have much interest in him.
Right now, the Magic seem inclined to bring back Redick even though it would plunge the team further into the luxury tax.
“I’m not worried about what J.J. might get from somebody,” Van Gundy said Wednesday between games of the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at RDV Sportsplex. “That would simply leave us with a decision, but the ball rests in our court. We’ll just have to make the decision when the time comes. Our intention is — and I know that from talking to [General Manager] Otis [Smith] — our intention is to match.
“Now, if he gets a max offer — $17 million a year — I don’t know,” Van Gundy added, a smile on his face. “If somebody gives him, you know, $1.8 million, he won’t take it. So, somewhere in-between there is the number. But we go in with the intention that we’re going to match.”
I was fairly certain the Magic would never let Redick leave and,when it comes to O’Neals, I like Jermaine far better than Shaq. So consider me completely unsurprised by these reports.