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Why O'Neal signed with Phoenix

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08:08 AM ET 08.16 | Jermaine O'Neal had another chance at being recruited, and yet he may have taken less to play for Phoenix. The Suns have [his Regenokine treatment] and former captain Grant Hill to thank for landing O'Neal. Hill, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, was getting the treatment simultaneously and told O'Neal how he should consider the Suns because of the athletic trainers. They have performed wonders on 30-something players with health issues such as Hill, Steve Nash, Shaquille O'Neal and Antonio McDyess. "I always knew the training staff was phenomenal," O'Neal said. "That's the word around the league among players. They really take the body and put three, four years on it by the things they do to the body."

The Arizona Republic

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August 16, 2012  08:17 AM ET

One Last Payday, Bro?

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August 16, 2012  08:26 AM ET

It's pretty unfortunate for the Suns that the best thing, and probably the only good thing, they have going for them is their medical staff....

August 16, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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I may not know much.......but I am 1000000000% sure he didn't 'take less'to play in Phoenix> who was giving this oft broken old guy a better deal?

Did you ask the Knicks? They might :-)

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August 16, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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The old adage "there's a sucker born every minute" comes to mind.

Usually it comes in the form of an NBA GM

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August 16, 2012  10:24 AM ET

This should be a decent signing given that he's still a serviceable big man and far better (even at this stage) than Lopez. If the trainers can pull another two years out of him and he's productive during that span, the Suns front office will look like geniuses. Besides, he came cheap on a one year deal for around $1.35M.

August 16, 2012  10:29 AM ET

This should be a decent signing given that he's still a serviceable big man and far better (even at this stage) than Lopez. If the trainers can pull another two years out of him and he's productive during that span, the Suns front office will look like geniuses. Besides, he came cheap on a one year deal for around $1.35M.

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August 16, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Good luck. That is cheap and hopefully he is a good backup for Gortat.

That's the hope, MMA. Gortat is in good shape and smart enough to play the bulk of the minutes without issue. Still, we needed a backup and O'Neal was one of the solid few left on the open market. I suppose the Suns could have tried to pry someone from another team, but I think they're going to try and keep their cap space free in the even they should need it for a mid-season deal or next off season. We'll see.

As I said in another post, I would still be okay for them to take a cheap flyer on Oden. I know he has serious heath issues, but he's got size and athleticism that could make a difference for us... IF they could get him healthy and keep him that way. It remains to be seen how much he's recovered from all the surgeries and such, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that he should get another chance. Not for silly money, mind you.. but a chance to show he wasn't the utter bust many believe him to be.

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August 16, 2012  01:30 PM ET

Why O'Neal signed with Phoenix

It's not like he had a fistful of options. Smart money says his phone wasn't ringing off the hook.

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