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Breaking News: Celtics Close to Signing Shaq!

Update #3: Deal is official. Click for details. Also Sports Nation weighs in on the move:

Today on SportsNation, viewers were asked if they thought the addition of Shaquille O’Neal would help or hurt the Celtics and a resounding 72% of the 6,004 polled believe that he would help.

SportsNation co-host Colin Cowherd agreed, “This is a move to beat the Lakers, similar to the addition of Jermaine O’Neal. They faced the Lakers last year and what they found out is that they’re not long enough and they’re not big enough”.

Update #2: Another tweet from A. Sherrod explains it just may be a two year deal with an option: @SherrodbCSN #Celtics deal with Shaq isn’t completed yet, but it should be for 2 years with a player option in the second year.

Update from Alex: TNT’s David Aldridge has confirmed A. Sherrod Blakely’s earlier tweet that Shaquille O’Neal is very close to signing with the Boston Celtics. Terms of the deal are not clear yet – but anything outside of the veteran minimum isn’t actually possible.

Keep in mind – you heard Shaq to Boston on minimum salary here first. As much as I’d love to say that information was from a source – it was an educated guess. Expect the other shoe to drop by September!

According to A. Sherrod Blakely’s Twitter, the Celtics are close to signing free agent center Shaquille O’Neal:

#Celtics appear to be close to signing Shaquille O’Neal. Will have the story up shortly.

Great move by the Celtics. They are preparing themselves for a run next year and hopefully the year after. No details yet, but my guess is it may be a 2-year deal. Keep checking back for updates!

Click here to read the full article from CSNNE

8 Comments

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  2. David Acosta

    August 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    yes and yes!

    Considering Shaq wants to play for only 2 more seasons, he might do a 2yr deal with player option the next season. Depending on how satisfied he is with our run. I like this move.

  3. Tyler

    August 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Yeah and they way he was talking on Jimmy Kimmell it sounds like whatever team he was talking to has 2 years in mind as well. It may be a risk, but its a risk I am willing to take considering Ray and KG both have 2 years left as well.

  4. Jamie Canu

    August 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I am not confident he still has any gas left, but he takes up space in the paint and at the deal he will take any team would be stupid not to take it.

    The minutes he can provide will be small, but the rewards of rest and entertainment are far more important.

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  6. Tyler

    August 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Update on the length of the deal: @SherrodbCSN #Celtics deal with Shaq isn’t completed yet, but it should be for 2 years with a player option in the second year.

  7. Jamie Canu

    August 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Big Baby is Tweeting that the deal is done.

  8. islandmanbb

    August 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    shaq played extremely well against us in the conference finals. if he can bring that with him, ready to pick up the intensity from where we left off last season, he can really help. the only reason we didn’t win the championship is because the lakers were so long and tall. i just hope he’s not in the mindset of riding off into the sunset with one last contract with a powerful respectful team.

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