The Celtics are close to signing Shaq Diesel. (A. Sherrod Blakely)
For weeks, free agent Shaquille O’Neal has made no secret about wanting to play for the Boston Celtics while the C’s have made it clear that they wanted to add at least one more big man to the mix.
It appears both sides are close to getting what they want.
CSNNE.com has learned that the C’s are “close” to bringing the 15-time All-Star to Boston, which would give the C’s one of the deepest frontcourts in the NBA this session.
As I said earlier today, Boston was the best fit for Shaq. I just didn’t know it would happen so quickly.
I still have a lot of questions about how Shaq fits in. Will he accept backing up Jermaine O’Neal to begin the season? Later in the season, will he accept backing up both Perk and Jermaine?
Update from David Aldridge, NBA.com:
The Celtics, the source said, have told O’Neal that he has to come off the bench next season, and that O’Neal said he could accept a reserve role for the first time in his career. The three-time Finals MVP has not had many suitors this summer that had either the playing time or money to offer him, and O’Neal is running out of places that can give him a chance to compete for a championship as his career draws to a close.
Can he learn how to play pick-and-roll defense? Will he again cause Kobe to taste his ass?
But, questions or not, the Celtics needed another big man. It looks like they’ll soon have one. And Shaq’s willingness to even sign in Boston shows how serious he is about winning another championship. He didn’t come to Boston to pad his stats, I’ll tell you that much. He wants another ring. Or two. And, in Boston, he’ll have that chance. Let’s just hope he’s willing to do whatever it takes, to sacrifice whatever he needs to, to make it happen. Banner 18, son. It’s a movement.
Update #2, from @PDCavsInsider (Brian Windhorst):
Comcast Boston reports Celtics close to a contract with Shaq. According to sources, Cavs are not involved in sign-and-trade talks w/Celtics
So if Shaq goes to Boston, it is likely going to be on a veteran’s minimum contract of $1.4 million.