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No Word Yet on Jermaine O’Neal

It’s been good news recently for the Celtics’ big men. Kevin Garnett returned last night. Kendrick Perkins is back and practicing. But we will have to wait another day before learning anything more about Jermaine O’Neal’s status.

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe had this report:

Jermaine O’Neal went to New York yesterday to get a second opinion on his swollen left knee, but because of weather conditions in the Northeast, he hasn’t made it back to Boston to discuss his options with Celtics president Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers.

O’Neal, who has missed 24 games because of issues with his surgically repaired left knee, was considering surgery. The decision hinged on how long the procedure would keep him off the floor and whether he’d be better of playing through the swelling.

Though O’Neal had hoped to have a plan by today, Ainge said he didn’t expect any decisions to be made immediately.

“Nothing’s going to happen right now,” Ainge said. “Except determining a course of action.”

Ainge said he and Rivers would likely sit down with O’Neal Wednesday to go over the next steps, until then O’Neal will continue to miss games.

  • henry

    the Celtics should try this trade: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId

    • Batman

      The pacers give up so much and get nothing back cept two big men, one who's health is not good and a scrub

      And why would we want Tyler?

  • Danno

    If they just cut J O'Neal, what would happen? Would they still be liable for his full year contract? Would that open up a roster spot? What if another team picked him up on waivers? Basically, how can we get rid of this guy?

  • kricky

    Sucks if we lose JO. But of all the bench guy (excepting the scrubs Erden, Gody, Avery and Wafer) we can probably live through this loss. With Perk coming back (and looking good in practice) and Shaq giving great minutes we should be OK up front even if we don't replace JO .

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