Boston Celtics: O’Neal Waived, Williams Added

The Boston Celtics waived center Jermaine O’Neal to make room for free agent Sean Williams.

ESPNBoston.com reported:

Sources told ESPN.com that the former Boston College center, waived by the Dallas Mavericks in March, is scheduled to join the Celtics in Atlanta and will be in uniform for Boston’s game Friday night against the Hawks.

Boston was in need of depth at the center position after O’Neal underwent season-ending wrist surgery last month.  They also lost Chris Wilcox for the season because of a heart condition and waived him to add Ryan Hollins.

O’Neal missed a lot of this season before going down for good, which moved Kevin Garnett to center.

Garnett expressed dislike for the center position but really stepped up for the Celtics both offensively and defensively.  He is a big reason for the Celtics run during the second half of the season.

Boston clinched the Atlantic Division last night with a victory over the Orlando Magic, but their playoff seeding is still to be determined.