There have been reports that the Celtics front office was not unanimous in its support of the signing of free agent center Shaquille O’Neal. How about the fans? Cast your vote in support or opposition to the move at Green Street.

The Celtics announced on their team website that they have come to terms with Shaquille O’Neal. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Danny Ainge said in the release. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.” According to the report O’Neal will wear No. 36.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the Celtics' impending signing of Shaquille O'Neal. Mannix said it's a one-year deal for the veteran minimum — approximately $1.4 million — with a second-year player option. "This was not an easy decision for either side," Mannix said, adding, "Shaq is obviously taking a monster pay cut. ... It's a huge, huge pay cut for this guy to play for this team and to accept a reserve role, coming off the bench.

 

According to a tweet from ESPN's Chris Broussard, Shaquille O'Neal has decided to join the Celtics and will inform the team of his decision Wednesday morning. It was widely reported Tuesday that the two sides had talked, and now it appears O'Neal is willing to accept far less money than he initially sought when he first became a free agent this summer. The Celtics can offer only the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

For those bemoaning the idea that Shaquille O'Neal will soon be a member of the Boston Celtics, let me say first that I understand the concern.



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The Celtics will host the Miami Heat on opening night on TNT when the 2010-11 NBA season tips off Oct. 26. The Heat stole the offseason headlines by signing LeBron James and Chris Bosh to team with Dwyane Wade, but the Celtics are the defending Eastern Conference champions. The Lakers will host the Rockets in the second half of the doubleheader.

Shaquille O’Neal is close to signing with the Celtics according to a source, but the deal is not done yet. Read the rest of this post on Green Street.

According to multiple reports, the Celtics will open the 2010-11 season by hosting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat in a matchup of Eastern Conference powers. The game, scheduled for Oct. 26, will be televised nationally on TNT. The NBA is scheduled to announce its opening week and Christmas Day schedules Tuesday night.

According to Alex Kennedy of hoopsworld.com, the Celtics have signed guard Von Wafer to a one-year deal. Kennedy reports that the deal is fully guaranteed for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million. 

 

Wafer averaged 9.7 points in 19.4 minutes per game for the Rockets in 2008-09. He played for Olympiacos of the Greek League last season.

 

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Former Celtics guard Eddie House has reached an agreement to join the revamped Heat lineup, House's agent Mark Bartelstein told Yahoo! Sports. House was traded from the C's to the Knicks for Nate Robinson last season. Bartelstein said this week that he had talked to the Celtics about the possibility of the 10-year veteran returning to Boston, but the sharpshooter will take his talents to Miami instead, agreeing to a two-year deal worth a reported $2.8 million.