NBA Free Agency: Is Shaq Going To Be the Biggest Boston Celtic?
Free Agency has continued to flow and the interest in Shaquille O'Neal has wavered in and out.
According to Fanhouse, Shaq has shown continued interest in joining the C's. This might not come as much of a surprise considering that Shaq realistically is looking for a chance to win another ring. That was almost unquestionably not going to happen in New Jersey or Atlanta this coming season.
It looks like Tracy McGrady is most likely now going to sign with the Chicago Bulls leaving an extra roster spot open for the taking.
Is Rasheed Wallace going to end up playing for the Celtics? It sounded like he was done, but with Rasheed, you are never fully sure of what is going to be happening in the near future.
As stated before there still have to be lingering concerns about the recovery of Kendrick Perkins' knee. With these questions in the air, O'Neal might not be such a bad option.
The thinking in picking up Shaq might be that he can cause fouls on defensive big men still at this point given his horrendous Free Throw percentage and give up his own fouls on big men like Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Chris Bosh among the elites in the East.
Thus, taking some of the burden off of K.G., Big Baby Davis, Perkins and the newly acquired Jermaine O'Neal.
This is an older team and just having depth might be a resounding reason to give Shaq a chance. The Atlanta Hawks have shown the most interest and Shaquille spending time back in the Southwest could be appealing.
This though, is about winning titles and I think Shaq knows going to where the titles follow is not in the ATL.
I believe for once, the money is not a motive. He receives enough from endorsements and the such that basketball is priority number one. He can take a minimum based salary and move on from there.
I can only wonder what Game 7 of the Finals would have been like if they had Shaq inside for the absent Kendrick Perkins. I'm not saying the Boston Celtics would have been champions, but it would have been mighty appetizing to truly see a Kobe vs. Shaq in a whole different form: just playing basketball against one another for the title.
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