Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 1:13 pm

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jermaine O'Neal, most recently of the Miami Heat, will sign with Boston .

O'Neal is a 13-year veteran that averaged 13.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game last season in Miami. He'll add a lot of frontcourt strength to the Celtics, who need help after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement. Currently, O'Neal will team with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett on the front lines for Boston.

O'Neal is a former All-Star that's most known for his interior defense and shot-blocking, though he's never been a bad offensive player by any means. Plus, he's a little on the rugged side, so he'll likely fit right in to Doc Rivers' physical defensive system as an enforcer.

Terms of the deal haven't been released yet.

Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:16 am

Ray Allen signs two-year deal with Boston

Posted by Royce Young

Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported it and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed it: Ray Allen has re-signed with the Celtics inking a two-year, $20 million deal. The second year is a player option.

Allen, who turns 35 later this month, is likely looking at this as his last stand. One of the game's all-time shooters, Allen averaged 16.3 points per game last season. He always said he wanted to return to Boston and obviously, he got his wish.

As Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub points out , the price is $5 million less than Pierce’s per year salary and the length of Allen’s deal means that if he takes the player option, his contract will expire at the same time as KG’s deal.

Boston was really the only place that made a ton of sense for Allen to stay. Other teams with cap space are currently eating it up (hello Miami) or just didn't have a good spot for Allen (Clippers, Thunder). This is a deal that makes sense for both Boston and Ray Allen, and surely one Celtics fans are happy about.

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