The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent center Shaquille O'Neal. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille's caliber to your team," said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. "His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster."
"I am honored to be joining the Celtics," said O'Neal. "I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship."
Well there you have it. Before people get too excited it should be noted that Shaq is signing for the minimum for a reason. No other contenders wanted him and the Celtics first choice, Kwame Brown, turned down the same offer. The fact that Shaq was rated below Kwame Brown should temper expectations. Personally I think the O'Neal brothers tandem is a downgrade from Perkins and Wallace. Hopefully Perkins can come back at some point close to his previous playing level.