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O'Neal signs contract with Warriors after agreeing to deal

The Canadian Press

7/23/2013 6:31:41 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors signed free agent centre Jermaine O'Neal to a $2 million, one-year contract Tuesday.

O'Neal, a six-time NBA All-Star, had reached agreement on a contract two weeks ago.

Golden State is likely to use the 34-year-old O'Neal as a backup to Andrew Bogut. Festus Ezeli is working back from right knee surgery and is not expected to be ready to return for months.

O'Neal played in 55 games with four starts last season for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes. The 6-foot-11 centre is entering his 18th season in the NBA.