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.