Detroit Pistons won’t sign Jermaine O’Neal, but if you’re interested in what they’re missing…

Jermaine O’Neal will sign with the Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops provided this write-up for a Detroit MLE Dreams post that will never see the light of day:

Strengths – Was much better this past season than people gave him credit for after sustaining an injury near the end of the regular season and apparently not ready to come back from it as he was horrible in the Celtics series. Worked hard last summer and regained enough jump off his knees to get his jumper back. Wasn’t afraid to take charges and buy into the Heat defensive system. Was very effective as the first offensive option with the second unit while Dwyane Wade rested. Good passing skills for a big man.

Weaknesses – How much more does he left and how many years do you want to lock him down given his injury history. Can be foul prone against the younger guys. Still gets hot-headed at times. Frequently runs out of gas in the fourth quarter and will come up short on his shots. Sometimes thinks he can still do the same things on offense that he could do in his prime.

Last year’s highest paid player in the NBA alongside Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant should now settle with getting midlevel exception type of money. He may have a hard time convincing a GM after that Celtics series as to how much he has left in the tank but eventually should get a decent contract considering how many teams have money to spend and you can’t teach size.

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