After rumors and speculation flooded the internet, it is finally official: the 15-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal has signed with the Boston Celtics.
Shaquille O’Neal, a 38-year-old 7’1″ center, played for the Celevland Cavaliers for the 2009-2010 NBA season.
As a free agent, Shaq was seeking to sign a two-year deal with a championship contending team for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. Sources say he got only a one-year contract at the NBA veteran minimum of $1.4 million from Boston. Shaq has agreed, knowing he has a chance at winning his fifth NBA championship title with the Celtics.
Shaq will come off the bench for the first time in his career, playing back-up for center Jermaine O’Neal, whom the Celtics signed last month.
“It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Celtics president of baskeball operations Danny Ainge said in a team statement. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.”
“I am honored to be joining the Celtics,” O’Neal said in a team statement. “I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon [Rondo], and Jermaine [O'Neal] for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”