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Shaq headed to elite Celtics' parquet floor

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BOSTON -- Shaquille O'Neal has changed the Big Three of the Boston Celtics into a Very Big Four.

The 7-1, 325-pound centre in the twilight of a brilliant career is coming to the Eastern Conference champions, hoping to add to his four NBA titles.

O'Neal signed a two-year contract worth about US$3 million on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on condition of anonymity because no details were released.

This is where Shaq's colourful 20-season career will end if he completes his deal with Boston.

One of the NBA's most charismatic players will finish with a legendary franchise on the parquet floor beneath 17 championship banners and the retired numbers of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek and other NBA greats.

After receiving little interest from other teams, O'Neal will play on that floor with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston's "Big Three" since Garnett and Allen arrived before the 2007-08 season.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 5, 2010 C2

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