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SI.com: After all the rumors and denials, it looks like Jermaine O’Neal will remain with the Indiana Pacers.
The All-Star forward was one of the players most discussed about in trade rumors this summer, with talk he might end up in New York, Los Angeles or New Jersey.
Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Friday that Indiana’s roster was virtually locked. When asked whether it was safe to say O’Neal would be a Pacer at the start of the season, Walsh said: “Yes, it is. That’s the way we’re thinking of it.”
Walsh didn’t rule out a trade completely, but he never does.
“Trades can always come up, but in our minds, Jermaine is here and our team’s intact,” Walsh told The Associated Press.
He even offered that the Pacers aren’t receiving calls about O’Neal any more.
“That’s done,” Walsh said.
O’Neal averaged 19.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 2006-07, one of the best seasons of his 11-year career. But the Pacers went 35-47 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
In the weeks after the season ended, O’Neal said he respected the Pacers but wasn’t interested in being part of a rebuilding project.