Jermaine O'Neal deal official

July, 14, 2010
7/14/10
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Celtics officially signed Jermaine O'Neal Wednesday.

While the team did not disclose the terms, O'Neal is inked for two seasons and will receive the full mid-level exception this year.

"When the opportunity arose for me to join an organization like the Celtics, I could not refuse," said O'Neal. "I cannot wait to get to Boston and start to practice with the rest of the team in pursuit of a championship."

O'Neal says he's hungry for a ring and knows the Big Three and the remaining core from the 2008 title team are hungry for a second, so that's why he chose Boston over other suitors.

"We're very excited to have him here," said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "He brings a great deal of leadership and knowledge. I think his game is a perfect fit and complement to the guys we have on the roster."

Much more to come on O'Neal later this evening. For now, check out the video above as he meets the Boston media.

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Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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