WALTHAM -- In meeting with the media on Wednesday, new Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal spoke about his former team, the Miami Heat, saying that he was aware that the plan was to reel in star free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh while also retaining Dwyane Wade. The Heat also wanted O'Neal back to team with the trio, but he instead took a two-year deal with the Celtics.
"I knew what they were trying to do, and I could have re-signed back with those guys, but it comes down to fit," O'Neal said. "It comes down to personalities and style of play, and Boston has all that for me. It was the most important choice that I've made in my career.
"It was the first time I actually had the opportunity to even be a free agent in about 14 years, so it was very difficult, but I just felt like over the next two years I needed to be somewhere where the focus is strictly about winning now, not worrying about chemistry...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning, and one of the points of discussion was the clubhouse and how the Sox have stuck together through the rough times of the first half of the year.
"It's actually some of the best I've ever seen," Francona said. "It's good. It's guys that are trying to pick each other up, and even the guys that are hurt, they're out there and they're enthusiastic. Our dugout's been as intense as any time as I've ever been here. It's not always been perfect, but the challenge has been kind of fun."
Francona also talked about the ordeal of whether Adrian Beltre was going to make an appearance in Tuesday's All-Star game after going down with a hamstring injury.
"He had been checked by a lot of medical people. We were pretty comfortable that if he did play, he'd be a little bit careful. I think Dr. [Lewis]...
The Blue Jays sent former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez and his 17 home runs to the Braves Wednesday in a trade for shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. The Jays also sent two minor leaguers to Atlanta to complete the deal.
Gonzalez signed with Toronto as a free agent in the offseason after completing his second stint in Boston in 2009, hitting .284 with five home runs in 44 games. He got off to a fast start in Toronto and is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 85 games.
Escobar, in his fourth season in the majors, is considered a solid defensive player, but he has struggled this year. After hitting .299 with 14 home runs and 76 RBI in 141 games last year, he is hitting .238 with no home runs and 19 RBI in 75 games for the first-place Braves. He's also committed nine errors.
According to a report from ESPN's John Hollinger, forward Shelden Williams has agreed to sign with the Nuggets. Williams was a reserve for the Celtics in 2009-10 who showed flashes in the early part of the season but was not a contributor by the time the playoffs rolled around. The report indicates that the Nuggets also have re-signed veteran guard Anthony Carter.
The Red Sox announced rehab assignments for three of their injured players. Manny Delcarmen is scheduled to begin his stint with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Thursday night at New Britain. Clay Buchholz will start for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night at Syracuse. Josh Beckett will make his second rehab start Saturday night when he pitches for the PawSox at Syracuse.
The Sox also announced their pitchers for the upcoming series vs. the Rangers at Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield will face right-hander Tommy Hunter in Thursday's opener. Felix Doubront will go up against righty Colby Lewis on Friday night. Saturday night's game features John Lackey against All-Star left-hander Cliff Lee. Jon Lester will face fellow left C.J. Wilson in Sunday afternoon's finale.
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