Published: Aug 04, 2010 1:05 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 4:31 AM EDT

The Boston Celtics are making progress on a deal that would bring Shaquille O'Neal to the defending Eastern Conference champions, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.

Earlier Tuesday, O'Neal said he will be in the league next season and would rather retire than play internationally.

The 38-year-old O'Neal spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and another with Miami.