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Shaquille O’Neal Joins Garnett, Pierce, Rondo on Boston Celtics

Shaquille O’Neal signed with the Boston Celtics, teaming the 15-time National Basketball Association All-Star with Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce on the defending Eastern Conference champions.

“It will be great to be able to call them my teammates,” O’Neal said in an e-mailed statement from the Celtics today. “I can’t wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”

Terms of the 38-year-old free agent’s contract weren’t disclosed by the team. ESPN reported that O’Neal signed a two-year agreement worth a minimum of $2.8 million.

The 7-foot-1 O’Neal will embark on his 19th NBA season. The 2000 league Most Valuable Player averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. He has won four NBA titles, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat.

O’Neal is the fifth-highest scorer in NBA history with 28,255 points. Chosen by the Orlando Magic as the first overall pick in the 1992 draft, he has averaged 24.1 points and 11 rebounds in 1,170 regular-season games, and 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in 214 playoff games.

O’Neal was rookie of the year in the 1992-93 season and NBA Finals MVP from 2000 through 2002.

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