The Celtics don’t have to worry about making a decision on whether or not to buy out Jermaine O’Neal contract or keep him the remainder of the season.
That’s because the decision was made for him with doctors determining that O’Neal needed surgery on his bad wrist which will sideline him for the season according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
O’Neal has been trying to play through the injury as of late. He had been struggling all season long, averaging just five points while shooting just 43.3% from the field.
It was believed that O’Neal was interested in getting a buyout from the club so he could catch on with a contender, possibly the Miami Heat who have been looking to bolster their frontline. However, the Celtics didn’t seem inclined to do that.
Now, both the Celtics and the Heat will be looking for a big man among the buyout candidates.