Celts Making Progress On Contract With Shaq

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Celtics are

making progress on a deal that would bring Shaquille O'Neal to

Boston.

The person spoke with The Association Press on the condition of

anonymity because the deal was not yet final.

Earlier Tuesday, the four-time NBA champion said he will be in

the league next season and would rather retire than play

internationally.

The 38-year-old O'Neal spent last season with the Cleveland

Cavaliers. He won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and

another with the Miami Heat.

But he has struggled to find a contract from a team that can

guarantee him playing time, enough money and a chance for one more

championship. He has all-but ruled out joining LeBron James in

Miami or a return to Orlando, where he began his career in 1992.

 

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