http://www.azcentral.com/sports/sun...ee-to-terms-jermaine-oneal.html#ixzz23BHJACWdThe Suns have filled their final guaranteed roster spot and their need for a big man with the most decorated center remaining on the market.
Six-time All-Star Jermaine O'Neal, plagued by injuries in recent years, has agreed to terms to join the Suns.
O'Neal, 33, is a 16-year NBA pro who was an All-Star center for Indiana for six successive seasons from 2001-07. He played the past two seasons for Boston but appeared in only 49 games in those two years. He started 24 games last season for the Celtics, averaging 5.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game, but underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist in March.
O'Neal, who is 6 feet 11 and 255 pounds, has missed significant chunks of time since 2004 due to injuries. He went to Germany this summer to undergo the Orthokine treatment on both of his knees. Grant Hill also did that this summer and Kobe Bryant did it last year. O'Neal's first season in Boston, 2010-11, was cut short by knee surgery.
O'Neal had a lesser offensive role in Boston but he still was an effective rebounder and defender. For his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds with 46.5 percent shooting. The Suns were expected to be offering a one-year, minimum-salary deal.