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It feels like years ago that Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal were strategically acquired to weather the storm until Kendrick Perkins returned from the injury that cost the Celtics the 2010 Finals.
The Celtics looked like the team to beat for much of the first half of the season, and then everything began to crumble.
The Trade was an organizational move for the future, rather than the present. Although Jeff Green filled the gap left by Marquis Daniels, the Celtics had suddenly become reliant on Shaq.
We all know where this story goes.
Shaq fell at the most inopportune time (literally, on ice), and JO did his best to pick up the pieces.
With Shaq now retired, JO has decided to come back for another $6.5 million. Big surprise, right?
With JO providing minutes in the low 20's, Nenad Krstic on his way to Russia, and Glen Davis an overpriced free-agent, the Celtics are in dire need of big men.
The odds that a savior will come with the 25th pick in the draft is quite slim, considering that solid big men are extremely rare as it is.
As for free agents, DeAndre Jordan, Aaron Gray, Chris Wilcox, and Chuck Hayes all seem to be reasonably priced options for the summer.
As with the rest of our alterations, explaining the holes is a lot easier than filling them.