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07/08/2010 - 4:50pm
Ainge on O'Neal: 'We intend to sign him'

ORLANDO -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke to the media on Thursday at the 2010 NBA Summer League and addressed reports that the club had signed free agent Jermaine O'Neal to a two-year contract.

 

"We intend to sign him," Ainge said. "And I'll talk about it when we do."

 

Ainge said the contract was not official and could not talk about the deal with any specificity until it was done. He said that the Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and O'Neal deals could all be official by Friday. Ainge, though, seemed pleased with how the offseason was taking shape.

 

"I think the priorities to start the offseason were obviously Paul and Ray and then to strengthen our center position in lieu of Perk's injury," said Ainge. "Those were our priorities right there. So hopefully by tomorrow we'll have those three things taken care of and then we can continue to work...

07/08/2010 - 3:18pm
Bird on O'Neal: 'He can help a team win'

ORLANDO -- Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird told WEEI.com that forward/center Jermaine O'Neal, who has agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Celtics, can be a valuable contributor in Boston. Bird was the head of Pacers basketball operations for five of the eight seasons when O'Neal was in Indiana.


"He's younger than you think," said Bird. "He can rebound, block shots and get down the floor. He can help a team win."

 

O'Neal has averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his 13-year NBA career.

 

For more Celtics coverage, visit www.weei.com/celtics.


07/08/2010 - 1:17pm
Source: Knicks 'not out of' LeBron derby

A source familiar with the situation told WEEI.com that the New York Knicks "are not out of" the free agent chase for LeBron James, despite multiple reports that the two-time MVP will announce Thursday night that he has signed with the Miami Heat.

 

"They are not out of it, not at all," the source said. "No one has said anything yet. Everyone in the Knicks orginization is pretty confident ... they feel they did all that they could do. This Miami thing is not a lock."

 

For more Celtics news go to the team page at weei.com/Celtics.


07/08/2010 - 1:12pm
Jermaine O'Neal has 2-year deal with C's

WEEI.com's Paul Flannery confirmed a report that Jermaine O'Neal has agreed to sign with the Celtics. The deal is for two years at the mid-level exception (approximately $5.8 million per year).

 

The 6-foot-11 O'Neal is a 13-year veteran who played the last two years in Miami. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 70 games last season after three injury-plagued seasons prior. The 31-year-old also reportedly had been considering offers from the Nuggets and Mavericks.

 

Check the Green Street blog for more details.


07/08/2010 - 12:35pm
Maddon: Beltre 'not as free on defense'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A lot was made of the comments made by Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier regarding Adrian Beltre’s defense.

 

When describing the third baseman, Maddon told Speier, ““[Beltre is] clearly the best [third baseman] I’ve ever seen in person. I think [Evan Longoria] is good, I used to think Scott Brosius was really good. … [Eric] Chavez was good, but Beltre was stupid good. I think Beltre is the best who I’ve ever seen with my two eyes – defender, not just third baseman, but defense.”

 

Now, with Beltre leading all major league third basemen in errors after making his 14th of the season, Wednesday night, Maddon offered his analysis of the 31-year-old.

 

“A little bit. I don...

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