HoopsHype Jermaine O'Neal rumors

January 7, 2015 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers have joined the race to try to convince former All-Star center Jermaine O'Neal to play one more NBA season at age 36, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Blazers, who drafted O'Neal out of high school in 1996 and employed him for his first four NBA seasons before a career-changing trade to Indiana, have made overtures to O'Neal about returning to the Pacific Northwest to bolster their hobbled front line in the wake of recent injuries suffered by Robin Lopez (hand) and Joel Freeland (shoulder). ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks are widely regarded as the front-runners for O'Neal's services should he decide to play, given that O'Neal has made the Dallas area his offseason home base in recent years. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers also are known suitors for O'Neal, who began this season focused on spending time with family and off-court business interests after a successful 2013-14 campaign with Golden State. ESPN.com

Sources say O'Neal has made no firm decision about resuming his career, but he did post a picture to his Instragram account Monday from Germany, where he is getting the same treatment on his knees that he has credited with extending his career through successful stints with the Phoenix Suns and Golden State. ESPN.com

January 5, 2015 Updates
December 31, 2014 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal: Bringing in the new year with a couple of my brothers in London with our beautiful wives! Man it seems like yesterday that we all were getting drafted from high school to the pros! I feel blessed to have life long relationships that's real. #London #HighSchoolToThePros #BringingTheNewYearsInWithLoveOnes #TheOneals #TheHarringtons #TheMcGradys #Nobu http://instagram.com/p/xQbAGNHK7u/ Instagram

December 29, 2014 Updates

Owner Mark Cuban said that Chandler’s injury does nothing to change the timetable the Mavericks are looking at for finding another big man. “When we get the right guy, we’ll get the right guy,” Cuban said. “No rush.” Asked specifically about O’Neal, Cuban said: “I don’t know if he wants to come here. (There are) a lot of decisions to be made before then.” Dallas Morning News

December 24, 2014 Updates

Free agent center Jermaine O'Neal would be a key fit and he acknowledged to NEOMG that the Cavaliers have reached out. The 18-year veteran says he has personally spoken to a few teams, but the Cavaliers aren't one of them. Cleveland hasn't been ruled out. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He reiterated that his wife, daughter and son would have the final say on if he pursues a 19th season or hangs it up. He says he expects to make a final decision in the next 2-3 weeks. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson expressed confidence that Dallas would soon bolster its bench with the addition of Jermaine O'Neal or Josh Smith. The Mavs, who are searching to replace traded backup center Brandan Wright in their rotation, are among several teams who have expressed interest in O'Neal and Smith, a pair of high-profile available veterans. "I feel pretty good that we'll be able to come to terms with one," Nelson said Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "Certainly to come up with both would be just hitting a grand slam home run. Look, there's a long line for suitors on both fronts. ESPN.com

December 23, 2014 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal: So I know it's been some talk about if I will play again or not and if so then what team will I choose. So I thought I would speak on this. For 18 long years sports has dominated my families life to a point that they have had to sacrifice things that was important to them. So you can believe now whatever decision I make will be a pure family decision that my family will have a huge part on making with me. Do I still love the game of basketball? Yes without a doubt! Can I physically still play?Probably better than 60% of the bigs in the league today! That's not a knock on anyone but more about how I feel. My decision will not be based off any personal relationships with a cityor organization which will be tuff because of the love I got for them. I've been blessed to have the opportunity to play for some great coaches, organizations, and cites and I will always have love for them! But I love my family more than I love life itself and they will have the final say on my playing career or the closing of my bball career! I will say this, if the decision is to play I promise you that when I hit the court I will be ready physically and mentally to help a team! Twitter @jermaineoneal

December 20, 2014 Updates
December 19, 2014 Updates

The Mavs, who can only offer the minimum, have a homecourt advantage of sorts with O’Neal. He lives in the Dallas suburb of Southlake with his wife and two children. ESPN.com

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