Celtics’ O’Neal would like to rejoin Heat

It is no secret the Miami Heat are desperately looking for more size.photo: nba.com

From Rasheed Wallace, Joel Pryzbilla, and even Shavlik Randolph, Miami is trying to address an undersized team to play along side their “Big Three.”

Granted the Heat do have Joel Anthony, and Udonis Haslem but once again, that duo isn’t big enough to contend with bigger teams in the East including Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard — a team Miami more than likely Miami will face in the playoffs.

So now that Miami stood pat at the trade deadline, didn’t make a move to bring in size, could the Heat be looking at Boston Celtics’ Jermaine O”Neal? Possibly.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Heat could be looking at O’Neal should Boston buy him out.

Miami could turn to oft-injured Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal, who has told associates that he would like to return to the Heat, even though he wasn’t entirely complimentary of the organization after his previous tenure.

And if this report is true, will Miami roll the dice on an often-injured O’Neal? At this point, why not? Adding O’Neal would help. Prior to him getting injured (wrist) O’Neal was playing fairly well defensively for Boston. He was among the league leaders in charges taken, he did have some solid rebounding nights, but offensively is where the issue is.

However, on a team with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwaye Wade, O’Neal wouldn’t be called upon to provide heavy offensive numbers. As long as he brings it on the defensive end, I am sure Miami will be OK with that.

Now you may ask, “Why would Boston buy out a player a conference rival can use?” Well, perhaps it’s because head coach Doc Rivers feels O’Neal won’t be back with the team.


“No, I don’t think he’ll be back, but nothing is clear,” said Rivers. “It’s not been finalized, but I don’t see him playing.”

Rivers noted he hasn’t had a conversation with O’Neal recently, leading him to believe that he won’t be back this year.


This season, O’Neal is averaging 5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 25 games for Boston.

Also note, Miami was listed as a possible destination for Chris Kaman is New Orleans were to buy out the big man. However, reports have New Orleans keeping Kaman.