It is safe to say that Jermaine O’Neal’s best years are behind him.
But that isn’t stopping teams from trying to sign the veteran center, who is currently a free agent.
One of those teams are the Golden State Warriors, who are “locked in a battle” atop of O’Neal’s list with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
O’Neal, a 17-year veteran, is averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds throughout his career. His glory days were with the Indiana Pacers from 2000-2008, when he made six All-Star teams during that span. He also won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2002, and made All-NBA Teams from 2002-2004.
However, he has bounced around since departing from Indiana, playing for four teams in five years. He spent last season with the Phoenix Suns, when he averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 55 games.
O’Neal has also been injury-prone over the past few seasons, suffering from nearly everything — injured wrists, knees, irregular heartbeat, you name it. He played in 24 and 25 games in his two seasons with Boston from 2010-2012, respectively.
He has been getting treatment in Germany this offseason, perhaps following in Kobe Bryant’s footsteps.
“I will look at all the opportunities and decide on which one best fits me and feels the best starting July 1st,” he tweeted last month.
He certainly has a few opportunities, and the Warriors could certainly use him as a backup big man.