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Bird Would Prefer Keeping O'Neal

Indianapolis Star writer Mark Monteith thinks he knows what options Larry Bird is thinking about regarding Jermaine O'Neal...and a trade is the least likely scenario. O'Neal, Monteith reports, is rehabbing well and Bird is hopeful that good health and new coach Jim O'Brien will return O'Neal to All-NBA status. A trade? "Bird isn’t willing to give him away. He’ll hang on to O’Neal and let the two-out-of-three likelihood of a positive scenario play out unless an irresistable deal comes along."