A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com has the report tweeting the two sides are “close to a deal.” This comes on the verge of O’Neal appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (covered in the preceding post), talking positively about the prospect of appearing in a Celtics uniform.
We’ve covered the possibility of Shaq joined the Green team at length here at CelticsHub. I myself haven’t been a huge fan of the proposition for various reasons (defense, ego, etc.) Make no mistake though, no matter what Shaq’s shortcomings may be at this age, if the C’s can get him in here for a veteran’s minimum deal, and he’s willing to come off the bench, they have to do it.
The market for big men is bare right now, and if Rasheed Wallace is retiring as is expected, then the C’s desperately need another NBA proven big body. Shaq obviously has warmed up to the possibility of him filling that role for short money for another chance at an NBA title, if this reports proves to be true.
We will keep you posted obviously with any further developments in this story.