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Ainge talks remaining roster moves, Daniels, and Shaq

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  July 27, 2010 02:01 PM

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shaq_sd2078104.jpgWith Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels all re-signed, there's a clearer picture of what the Celtics will look like going into next season, but team president Danny Ainge said he's still looking to make a couple more additions, particularly a shooter and a big man.

Out west trying to cobble together a vacation around a constant stream of phone calls, Ainge said, "We still have to finish it up. We’re still looking at a couple more players."

The big man that the rumor mill has constantly connected to the Celtics in recent weeks is Shaquille O'Neal, and even though Ainge wouldn't directly address the team's interest in the 38-year old center, Ainge said there have been talks.

"I’m not going to comment on that," Ainge said. "But we’ve had some discussions."

Sources told AOL Fanhouse last week that O'Neal wanted to come to Boston. The Hawks have shown interest in the O'Neal as well, according to NBA.com's Sekou Smith.

The Celtics made the Daniels signing official yesterday. Ainge acknowledged that between injuries and confidence issues, Daniels fell short of the performance the Celtics expected when they signed him last summer. But Ainge was optimistic about a chance at a fresh start.

"I think Marquis played really well for us in October and November," Ainge said. "I also think he played really well in February. We made the trade for Nate and brought Mike Finley in and then Doc was searching for the right fit or combination. His game, his expertise, his experience. He’s still young – he’s only 29. We thought it was really good for us to get him back. He has a lot to offer us."

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