Celts Announce They’ve Signed Shaq to a Contract


AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Celtics have signed Shaquille O'Neal.

The team announced Wednesday that it had signed the 15-time NBA

All-Star, who had been a free agent after spending last season with

the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With center Kendrick Perkins sidelined after knee surgery,

possibly until February, the Celtics went after the 18-year veteran

who was the top pick in the NBA draft in 1992. O'Neal joins other

star veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen on the team

that lost the NBA finals in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

O'Neal averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 53

games for Cleveland last season.


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