Add another to the list of potential Kendrick Perkins replacements. According to Marc Stein, Jermaine O’Neal has the Celtics on his list of three final teams he is interested in signing with:
“Those are my favorites,” O’Neal told ESPN.com “Those are teams that are going to compete [for a championship] next year.”
O’Neal said he’s still deliberating between the three teams — all believed to be offering a portion of the mid-level exception to sign him — and called the decision perhaps “the most important of my career because I know this is kind of my last run at it” in terms of title-chasing.
O’Neal averaged 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 28.6 minutes in 70 games last season for the Heat, who are expected to renounce their rights to the former All-Star as part of the cap space-clearing exercise required to create sufficient cap room for the incoming Chris Bosh alongside a re-signed Dwyane Wade and Miami’s other free-agent targets.
Definitely an interesting option. I was a big fan of O’Neal when he was with the Pacers and I think he would be a better option than that other O’Neal guy who has even less left in the tank. Jermaine showed us nothing in the playoff series this year, but for the right price he is a good option at center. Better than both Shaq and Brad Miller? Depends on who you ask. My question is how much money will he want? Will he leave us enough of the MLE to sign another bench guy? If I had to guess I see him signing with Denver or Dallas over Boston, but I would welcome him here in a second.