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NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Jermaine O'Neal Asking For Buyout, Wants To Join Miami Heat

Jermaine O'Neal wants a contract buyout from the Boston Celtics and has interest in signing with the Miami Heat, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Celtics are still trying to use his expiring contract as part of a package deal as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

It's unclear whether O'Neal will even be able to play the remainder of the season. The center has not played since Feb. 20 due to a wrist injury that has affected him since last season, and was considering season-ending surgery as recently as a couple weeks ago.

But if he can play, asking for a contract buyout makes a little sense. The 33-year old signed with the Celtics prior to last season in hopes of winning a championship. Now that the Celtics no longer seem like contenders, it's natural that he would want to move elsewhere to continue chasing a ring.

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