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Jermaine O'Neal staying in Phoenix

Updated: February 21, 2013, 8:40 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

After the passing of the NBA trade deadline Thursday and a post-deadline meeting with team officials, Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O'Neal told ESPN that he is staying with the Suns as opposed to seeking a buyout of his contract.

The New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and other playoff-bound teams, according to NBA front-office sources, were hoping to sign O'Neal next week if he could extricate himself from his Phoenix contract.

But O'Neal said he feels too close a bond to the Suns ...

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