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Jermaine O’Neal baffled by role on Celtics’ offense

LAS VEGAS — Hoping his body does not betray him yet again, Jermaine O’Neal spins to the right on a post move and releases his picturesque but methodical jumper. The ball swishes and those in attendance, including Lakers coach Mike Brown and general manager Mitch Kupchak, watch with keen interest.

The Lakers are considering taking a chance on O’Neal with a minimum contract, needing just a handful of minutes per game to spell Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. O’Neal, 33, said he wants to return to the NBA following arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist performed by Celtics team physician Brian McKeon and therapeutic procedures on both knees in Germany.

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