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Report: Jermaine O’Neal mulling retirement


Who would have thought Jermaine O’Neal would be starting playoff games in 2014?

With Andrew Bogut injured, the Warriors initially started O’Neal before turning to Draymond Green in their first-round loss to the Clippers. That followed a strong regular season, in which O’Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.

That success leaves O’Neal, 35, options for his future.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

I believe basketball and family are both important to O’Neal, but other factors likely also play a role – especially money and health.

At minimum, O’Neal would make $1,448,490 next season. Once he retires, he’ll never have that high a salary again. O’Neal better be certain before passing up that type of money.

O’Neal will turn 36 before next season, and he should also consider his health. In the last four years, he’s played just 44, 55, 25 and 24 games. Glen Davis nearly ended his career last week. If he plays, he’ll almost certainly hold a limited role, so that should help at least.

If O’Neal decides to play, he’ll be a free agent. Whether he returns to the Warriors might depend on their coach next season, but other suitors should arise.

First, he must decide on retirement.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.