Jermaine O'Neal: When Given Chance To Join Celtics, 'I Could Not Refuse'

The Celtics made the addition of Jermaine O'Neal official on Wednesday, introducing their newest big man.

"Jermaine provides veteran leadership and experience," said Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge. "His talents are an excellent complement to our core roster." [...]

"When the opportunity arose for me to join an organization like the Celtics, I could not refuse," said O'Neal. "I cannot wait to get to Boston and start to practice with the rest of the team in pursuit of a championship."

As is team policy, financial details were not disclosed, thought reports already indicated that he'll earn the full midlevel exception of $5.76 million this season and a total of around $12 million.

Interestingly enough, O'Neal said he knew what the plans were in Miami, but opted to sign with Boston anyways.

"I knew what they were trying to do [in Miami], and I could have re-signed back with those guys," O'Neal said of his former team, which recruited LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade this offseason. "It comes down to fit; it comes down to personality and the style of play. Boston has that all for me.

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