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Greg Oden meets with the Celtics in Waltham

Chuck - Red's Army February 2, 2013 Celtics News 15 Comments

(image courtesy ZFarls)

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.

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  • Carey Ballard (@C_Ball2)

    Yes! It would be grateful see Greg in Celtics uniform… We actually need 7 footer bigman since Sullinger Out of Season due to back injury. I was told that Greg improved Mid-Range game. Thats what we really need! Spread offense..

  • kg21

    He havent played for 3 years! That should be enough rest to heal his knees! dont take a risk on this guy..he got the talent but not the knees..

  • GreenBirdCro

    This is such a tease LOL
    But GO would fit just nicely in the C’s modus operandi of signing have-beens/could’ve-beens at the center position
    I just don’t dare to hope at all
    But can’t count out I just might be dreaming about healthy 7 ft giant dressed all in green
    (asexualy of course) LOL :-)

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    He is obviously not close to a return if Miami passed him up for birdman. Deja vu of Darius Miles

    • eddysamson

      A healthy GO would be exactly what we need THIS season. Unfortunately, thats not the case. But shit if KG retires we are gunna be hurting for bigs next season!

      But yes GO is a sad case for sure. Hes a great person and a seriously great talent, it was just never meant to be apparently :(

      • eddysamson

        I was going to post a reply to you…decided not to and just made my own comment…I guess it still posted it as a reply to you even after I reloaded the page…sorry!

  • ZabJudah

    Sign this Dude to a “non” guaranteed

  • RedsLoveChild

    It would be fitting strictly from a health standpoint :

    The unluckiest player signs with the unluckiest team!

    Realistically, it is very unlikely to happen.

  • Justsomeffinguy

    I understand Ainge exploring this possibility, but quite frankly Oden is the china in the china shop after the bull has run through. Reminds me of the injury-prone Ralph Sampson. I think it’s unlikely he ever plays for the C’s, and possible he never plays meaningful minutes again in the NBA.

  • Reggie35RIP

    I see this as Danny just doing his due diligence seeing where Oden’s at, like most other teams in the league.

    It’s a really sad story for Oden, but unfortunately I don’t see him coming back and making any meaningful contribution in the league. But IF he managed to clear a physical and the price was right he’s always worth a shot given his potential upside.

  • kobe

    how about Robert Parish?

  • jon

    This team likes signing former no.1 pick hasbeens…
    Candyman and Pervis Ellison come to mind..both didn’t panned out very well.
    I think Oden will have a very short career though and even if he becomes completely healthy..he wont be the same Oden that dominated in college. His game would be earthbound and should really train himself to more finesse than strength…think pau gasol instead of dwight howard.

  • Cam

    Oden does not look psyched in that photo.

    Anyway I feel like he wouldn’t be thrilled to sign with the C’s with the amount of pressure that would be put on him to come back and play especially since we don’t have a “true” center at the moment

  • SF Celts fan

    I’m so tired of reading about how lame Ainge is. We already have an injured player from Ohio state!!!!

  • Josb Bird

    If be does sign with the Celtics…..then the team doctors will find out he has some condition that no other doctor figured out and then he will have surgery and end his season…..I.e….Green…Wilcox….Sullinger