Columbia's O'Neal Signs With Golden State

10:04 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
  • Jermaine O'Neal was a highly-sought after free agent because of his size and lockerroom presence (Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
  • Jermaine O'Neal has hopefully put his knee injuries behind him as he begins his next chapter (Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Jermaine O'Neal, who had reached agreement on a contract two weeks ago.

The Warriors announced the deal for the six-time All-Star on Tuesday.

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 center is entering his 18th season in the NBA.

The 34-year-old O'Neal played in 55 games last season for the Suns, averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.

The former Eau Claire standout has played in 17 NBA seasons since being drafted right out of high school by Portland. He spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Trailblazers before moving on to Indiana, Toronto, Miami, Boston and most recently, Phoenix.

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