The Big Shamrock: Celtics Officially Introduce Shaquille O'Neal On Tuesday

The Celtics have made it official and introduced their newest center, Shaquille O'Neal. "I am honored to be joining the Celtics," said Shaq. And for the record, he prefers The Big Shamrock.

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Shaq's Deal With Celtics Reportedly Worth Around $3 Million Over Two Years

After some back and forth, Shaquille O'Neal officially signed with the Celtics on Wednesday, saying, in part, "I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship."

Per team policy, the financial details were not announced, but the Boston Herald is reporting that it is a two year deal, "believed to be worth approximately $3 million."

Talks hit an initial snag earlier in the day when the Celtics attempted to limit the deal to one year.

But O'Neal, frustrated by a dwindling field of suiters that included the Celtics and possibly the Hawks, eventually had it his way.

It's unclear whether O'Neal pushed for a more lucrative sign-and-trade arrangement between the Celtics and Cleveland that would send the retiring Rasheed Wallace's $6 million salary slot to the Cavs.

Those numbers match that of what the Globe's Gary Washburn is reporting, which is two years at $2.8 million (two years of the veteran's minimum).

Read more at CelticsBlog.

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Celtics Officially Announce They've Signed Shaquille O'Neal

So much for reports that the Celtics and Shaquille O'Neal were still haggling. The Celtics themselves have announced that they're reached an agreement with The Big Diesel Aristotle Cactus MistakeByTheLake Shamrock.

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent center Shaquille O'Neal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.    

Those contract terms are not immediately available. We will keep you posted once they are. 

"I am honored to be joining the Celtics," said O'Neal. "I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship."

For more, check out CelticsBlog

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Shaq Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics

According to multiple reports, Shaquille O'Neal has decided to sign with the Boston Celtics, agreeing to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum. The addition of Shaq will give Boston one of the most star-studded rosters in recent memory.

Shaq is the size and big man Boston needed, as they'll be without the services of Kendrick Perkins while he recovers from knee surgery, possibly until February.

O'Neal was not a serious consideration for most of the summer primarily because his asking price was significantly more than the Celtics (and most teams, for that matter) were willing to pay.

But as the summer wore on, the Big Diesel was not in Big demand as team after team began to fill their roster while in the process, pass on adding the future Hall of Famer and three-time NBA Finals MVP.

If you're having trouble picturing Shaq in Celtics' green, don't worry, the Twitter account NBA_Photos has you covered:

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Expect more reaction at CelticsBlog, where the early reaction seems positive.

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