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Jermaine O'Neal Signs Two-Year Deal With Celtics

In an effort to ease the likely loss of Rasheed Wallace and the injury to Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics have reportedly found their newest big man: Jermaine O'Neal.

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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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Jermaine O'Neal: 'It Was Never About The Money'

Nothing has officially been announced by the Celtics, but a good indication that their reported signing of Jermaine O'Neal is true is Jermaine O'Neal telling CSNNE.com that he has signed with the Celtics.

"For me, it was never about the money," O'Neal said in a phone interview from Las Vegas. "I wanted to go somewhere that I felt could compete for a championship. I figure I've got another three or four good years in the league, and I want to position myself to win a championship."

O'Neal added, "I've done pretty much all I wanted to do in the NBA except win a championship. I felt Boston provided the best chance at making that happen."

O'Neal also confirmed to CSNNE that he signed to a two-year deal for the full mid-level exception, which is $5.765 million this season.

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