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Shaquille O'Neal(notes) may have signed with the Boston Celtics last month for the league minimum annual salary of $1.35 million, but that's not to say that he couldn't have signed somewhere else for a lot more dough.

The Detroit News reports that O'Neal is saying that he was offered $8 million deals from the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks this offseason.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world," O'Neal told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I've had four max contracts in one lifetime. ... I could have gotten $8 million from Atlanta and Detroit, but it wasn't about that. It was about being somewhere and being seen and winning."

One thing the 7-foot-1 O'Neal, a master self-promoter with his own reality show, doesn't need to worry about is being seen.

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Source: Detroit News

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