Jermaine O’Neal has officially signed with the Boston Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Some people aren’t as excited about O’Neal as I am, and I can see why because he was beyond miserable against the Celtics in the playoffs. But let’s put things in perspective: He just shot a career-high 53% from the field, averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, and is a defensive presence too.
With only the mid-level exception to spend, the Celtics weren’t going to get anyone better. Shaq isn’t better (pick-and-roll defense beyond bad). Brad Miller isn’t better (over-the-hill, very slow). Kwame Brown definitely isn’t better (I could choose almost anything as my reason).
This is a great signing, especially if O’Neal doesn’t get the full mid-level. Yahoo! reported yesterday he would receive somewhere “near the midlevel.” Hopefully that’s code for, “he inexplicably wants to take a veteran’s minimum contract because he is desperately hungry for a ring.”
I’ll let you know what the deal is but, for now, just be happy O’Neal is the C’s newest player.
Update: A. Sherrod Blakely tweeteth, “League source confirmed Yahoo! report that Jermaine O’Neal has agreed to sign with the Celtics. Likely for most or all of MLE.”
Update #2: The deal is for the full mid-level. Well, that sucks. But it’s still a good signing.