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Shaq wants to play in Boston

Posted on: July 24, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 7:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

And here comes another report from Shaquille O'Neal's camp, this one reported by Tim Povtak of FanHouse . Two sources close to Shaq confirmed to FanHouse his continued interest in the Celtics .

Though as Povtak mentions, Shaq is interested even though the Celtics currently have no room, or exceptions, under the salary cap to pay him beyond the NBA veteran's minimum of $1.35 million. The only way Shaq is getting more money is if Cleveland lends a hand with a sign-and-trade.

One question though is where does Shaq fit? The Celtics have Kendrick Perkins inside (though he is recovering from an injury), Jermaine O'Neal and of course, Kevin Garnett. Where does Shaq pull meaningful minutes from? Shaq would have to accept a reduced role, which is something he hasn't sounded that excited about during this process.

So far, Shaq's name has been up most prominantly with the Hawks, but also a little with the Spurs. In both instances again, the word has come from Shaq's side of things.

But for a guy that's 38 and looking for a last hurrah before signing off on a historic career, Boston is a nice fit. He would have the luxury of not being heavily relied upon, would fit in with a group of quality veterans and the Celtics are already serious Eastern contenders already.

Though there's no telling if the Celtics have mutual interest. Shaq might have a difficult time fitting into Boston's defensive system because the Celtics prefer a versatile, more athletic big in the middle. But it makes a decent amount of sense of both sides, especially if Shaq is willing to take the minimum. Hard to see Shaq humbling himself that much, especially since as of a month ago, he was still thinking he was at least a $10 million a year player.

Category: NBA

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:13 am

Shaq wants to play in Boston

12pts, 7Reb, 2 Ast average for the season puts him in pretty good company when we're talking about centers who started 50+ games last year. Sure, he's no longer the all star he used to be but after you get past Amare, Howard and maybe one or two others, the Center position gets mighty thin in ability.

Any team who is looking to run a Triangle or Half court offense in general would benefit by adding Shaq - He's still a beast down low, can still guard on the blocks and has the imtimidation factor to keep the little guards from slashing in. His game falls apart when you ask him to run the floor in an 8 seconds or less shot clock - like most Centers in the league. 

Shaq would go 15/10/5 in a quality defense first/half court offense team like the Spurs. Him and Timmy D would show what two 'Old' guys can do when placed in the right system.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:17 pm

Shaq wants to play in Boston

I loved Shaq as a Lakers but this guy is simply awful at this point in his career.  I am positive that he wants a piece of Kobe in the Championships, and Boston may have one more run because the East is so weak but, let's be real, he would never be able to guard Gasol or Bynum at this point in his career.  It's sad but he would probably find himself behind Big Baby on the depth charts.

Shaq, you're a Hall of Famer for sure but you are embarrassing yourself showing off how long it takes to move 375 pounds up and down the court.  You haven't been anything since you left Miami and you have nothing in the tank of any value anymore.  If you want another ring, you need to beg Kobe to make a spot on the squad and maybe they'll let you come in a give 6 fouls a game. That's about the only shot you have at getting another ring.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2010 12:39 pm

Shaq wants to play in Boston

While it's true Shaq is no longer the most dominant center in the game - he is still solid in the middle. With the NBA having so few solid big men right now, Shaq should still have a place to lace them up if he the veterans Mid-level or below anyway.

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