Celtics’ Ainge thinks Shaq will retire

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The ball is in Shaquille O’Neal’s court.

But Celtics head man Danny Ainge told CSN New England he believes Shaq has played his last game.

“I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional decisions, but my guess is he has.”

Shaq has a player option for next season for $1.4 million.

He has said in the past he wanted to play one more season, to play when he was 40, and he wants another shot at a ring, what would be his fifth.

But this season he played just 12 minutes after the end of January as a lingering Achilles and calf injury would just not heal. He had battled a number of heath issues in recent seasons as the toll of a long NBA career started to wear on him.

If he does step away, it has been a glorious career.