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Greg Oden met with Danny Ainge and other Celtics officials today in Waltham:
Reached a short time ago, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the meeting was mainly an informational process for each side.
“We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically,” Ainge said.
The 7-footer was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, but he played just 82 games for Portland after sitting out his rookie year with the first of multiple knee injuries. He last played on December 5th of 2009.
The fact Oden is still drawing strong interest from teams despite his medical history is a testament to his talent. He had five double-doubles — including a 13-point, 20-rebound night — in the 21 games he played before being injured in his last year.
“We’re just finding out as much as we can and letting Greg know what we have here,” said Ainge. “He’s not ready to play now, but he’s someone who’s very interesting.”
Even though the Celtics are desperate for front court help this season, Greg Oden is planning to return next season.
I’d love to see the C’s sign Oden… at the right price. But what is that price? I can’t imagine any team giving him more than a one year deal. The money could range from $1 – $3 million. Just a guess.
This story on the Blazers Edge includes all the reports about Oden’s return and the teams allegedly interested in his services.