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February 16, 2015 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal: The best part of this process was walking out of the gym after every workout knowing that I could still play the game after 18 long years and hearing the teams that seen me workout all agreeing with that statement. Every team that wanted me to sign are all championship contending teams and in order to except their offer i need to be 100% ready to go physically and mentally from the time that I sign that contract with no room for error beyond that point. I don't feel like I'm at that position now with just 7 weeks of training and I'm not comfortable making that commitment at this point. The issue for me is timing and things feeling right. I'm a true believer of signs and listening and understanding life. I'm not sure if there will ever be another time or not for me and basketball but what I do know at this moment is the time isn't right for me to play now. But just know I gave everything I had these last 7 weeks and I greatly appreciate each and every one of you guys for the positive words of encouragement thru my process... Instagram

February 11, 2015 Updates

Question: We keep hearing the names of O'Neal...Blatche and Stoudamire......who has the best chance of coming here and why? Eddie Sefko: Jermaine is pretty much a given. The Mavericks are pretty sure he wants to join them. It's just a matter of when. They would have liked to have had him two weeks ago. But they'll take him when they can get him. At this point, the only thing surprising would be if he didn't join the Mavericks. Stoudemire has a few more issues, with the buyout and whether or not he'd want to go somewhere else. Wait and see. And, if you haven't heard,, the Mavericks are preparing to bring in Bernard James on a 10-day contract so that they have an extra big body against Utah on Wednesday. Dallas Morning News

February 7, 2015 Updates

The Mavericks remain keen to sign Stoudemire's fellow former All-Star big man Jermaine O'Neal, sources said, and are prepared to make the needed roster room to accommodate both O'Neal and Stoudemire should they become available. ESPN.com

In the short term, sources said, Dallas is actively searching for a big man worthy of a 10-day contract to bolster its frontcourt while O'Neal continues to try to get himself NBA-ready via private workouts in the Dallas suburb of Southlake. ESPN.com reported last month that the Mavericks were confident they would ultimately fend off interest from the Portland Trail Blazers and other contending teams and win the race to sign O'Neal, but adding the 18-year veteran -- once he fully commits to coming back -- is now expected after the All-Star break. ESPN.com

February 5, 2015 Updates

As for O'Neal, it's completely his call. It's a little surprising he hasn't already signed. I mean, every game that goes by is that much less in his paycheck, right? But the man's made plenty of money in his career, so he's earned the right to sign when he's good and ready. Again, I could see it happening in the next week or so, but certainly by the time the All-Star break is done. If it hasn't happened by then, then I'd start to worry. The only shocking thing in this will be if he does NOT sign with the Mavericks. Dallas Morning News

January 28, 2015 Updates

O'Neal has the Mavericks' offer to join them whenever he makes the decision to resume his playing career. He's been sitting out this season, but he has been working out and going through treatments to get himself into game-ready condition. The Mavericks, a source said, still feel confident about their chances of landing the 6-11 O'Neal, who has played 18 NBA seasons. They have held a roster spot open specifically for him. Dallas Morning News

There is interest from other teams around the league, and the Mavericks are making sure they keep tabs on the waiver wire and the possibility of some players whose seasons will end soon in China who could return to the NBA. But O'Neal, 36, is the No. 1 target, the source said. The window is open as long as needed for O'Neal to make a decision on when to return, but the most likely scenario is that he would join the Mavericks sometime between now and the All-Star break, which begins Feb. 12. Dallas Morning News

January 26, 2015 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks are confident they are inching closer to the eventual signing of veteran center Jermaine O'Neal, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks -- who continue to closely monitor the 36-year-old center's progress as O'Neal works out in preparation for a comeback -- hope to sign him by the All-Star break. ESPN.com

Sources say O'Neal has made it clear to interested teams that he doesn't intend to sign anywhere until he is closer to NBA game shape. After taking the first few months of the season to focus on family time and business trips, O'Neal has been working out intensely since the start of 2015 out of his home gym in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. ESPN.com

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

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