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Four years ago he was considered the second coming of David Robinson. By then, we were one of the worst teams in the league. We were a collection of young players trying to prevent Paul Pierce from getting depressed in Beantown. We almost got him, and even though it was rumored that Danny preferred Kevin Durant, we all imagined we would grab Oden from that draft. Luck left us without any of the mentioned players and we were given the chance to draft Jeff Green. We shipped him with Delonte West and the last minutes of health of Wally Szczerbiak to Seattle in order to get Ray Allen and start building the Big Three that would take us back to glory more than two decades later.

The ironies of destiny have recently brought two of the main actors of that thriller of the summer of 2007: Green and West. Now, a name has been written in websites and whispered all around the Celtics world: Greg Oden may be targeted in the next weeks by Boston. Isn't life interesting?

We are in 2011 now, and Oden is considered a bust. He has underachieved due to very severe knee injuries. You know the story, the man hasn't barely been able to play consistently. His stock has dropped and his team may even not try to keep him after July 1st. He needs a change of air, he needs to leave Portland. What better place than a post-Perk and post-Shaq Celtics team? We desperately need a big center in this team.


Let me get this straight: we are not dealing with the prospect of adding the promising beast of 2007. We'd be glad to get a 60 game season of Greg in which he would give us 8 points, 8 rebounds and some blocks here and there. That is what we need and that is what he may reward us with right now. Provided he can be healthy. Provided he decides to come here. Provided the Blazers abandon all hope in him.

How the Celtics could get him:

There are only two reasonable ways to sign Oden and it would start by the Blazers not exercising his 2011/12 option and thus letting him become a full unrestricted free agent. We have read mixed reports about Portland's intentions, notably due to the fact that their GM has recently been fired.

In the midst of that confusion, maybe they decide to release Greg. Because otherwise we wouldn't be able to match what Portland can offer him.

If the Blazers finally give up their hopes on filming and producing the second sequel of their film of their dreamed franchise player project, then we would have a chance of offering Oden the full MLE. That what he is honestly worth now and that is all we could offer. We have a fair chance to land him in Boston and there are rumors all around the web that we have all intentions to do so.

Cons:

Health. That is the magic word here. It is very simple: do you trust a guy that has had such a horrendous history of injuries? Do you want to spend your MLE on a guy that has burnt all possible ways of hope from the franchise that drafted him with the number 1 pick?

You need much faith and a big gamble. It seems only Danny Ainge would do such thing, right?

So what do you think? Should the Celtics sign Greg Oden?

Bohemian 6/11/2011 07:51:00 PM Edit
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20 Responses so far.

  1. WShaw says:

    Great info. Oden is worthwhile target of the men in green. FLCelts pointed out how the world has truly turned in reference to our bigs. Given our propensity of hobbled big men their is no doubt Ainge will be making a play for Oden and its probably the right play. Yao Ming will be next lol

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why not? It's not like bigs grow on trees.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oden? seriously? didn't we learn from Shaq? may I remind everyone that he is injury prone? come playoff time, just like shaq won't be much of help.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love that the announcer said, "These two will see a lo of eachother in the future."

    They must share the same doctor...

  5. celtics fa life. fa fa fa life. wordaapp says:

    Love the bigs growing on trees reference. Nice anon

  6. Rob says:

    thanks for this heads up. cool idea. i think it's worth the gamble. if he doesn't pan out, dump him next year.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i like oden, but "injury" is what we knew from him.. should the celtics take the risk..?

  8. shelbyl says:

    It's the opportunity cost that matters. Who can we get, if not Oden?

    Shipping off Erden to create room for (may I say, the corpse of) Troy Murphy makes less sense every day.

  9. Anonymous says:

    i think getting yao ming is great...

  10. ronit07 says:

    I would like his potential but then his history with injury is something that holds it back,I think the vet min is wat he deserves. lol at Anon 3th comment,good comment man

  11. Nicholas says:

    he still can't even run

  12. Ben says:

    Yes. The Celtics don't have money for a current starting Big. True 5 spot players are rare, and demand a lot more money than a MLE. Honestly that leaves outside hopes at two injured Centers Yao and Oden. The body of Big men often takes a while to catch up, and they can be fragile at first because they are so big and have so much stress on their bodies. Oden has the chance to overcome injury as he has a younger body, Yao is more of a gamble. If a choice exists between the two, both at the MLE Oden has the best chance of helping the Celtics hang 18.

  13. Anonymous says:

    we don't need him we need the 18 yr old Brazilian

  14. Allen says:

    Are you serious!? COME ON DANNY!!!(I'm losing faith in your decision making)This guy has been injury prone his whole ENTIRE career, IF he stays healthy (I hope he can)he can give rebounding which we greatly need.You traded Perk in the middle of the season which ruined team chemistry. You don't have much time left with Ray, Kevin, and Paul "USE IT WISELY"

    Sincerely,
    A very concerned long time Celtic fan.

  15. Bohemian says:

    Allen, Oden is 23 years old. Don't you think it is too early to not gamble on him?

  16. Nicholas says:

    Bohemian, I agree, it's definitely too early not to gamble....but I don't see how we would afford him and I don't see us trading to get him.....there are a lot of pipe dreams out there concerning our C's acquisition chances and so many people are going to be left disappointed.....also, who the heck knows when free agency will begin anyway....CBA has to be sorted first!

  17. Hooshang says:

    Isn't there one single HEALTHY person available in this league that we can get. Did we not learn a lesson from Shaq?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I think it would be a good gamble, the celtics gave bill walton a chance why not greg oden

  19. Anonymous says:

    Please take him! But give Portland something good in trade, like beer, or candy. A big Trailblazer fan. P.S., we have the best orthopedic surgeons here because they keep in constant practice.

  20. Bohemian says:

    We will know more about Oden's FA status today or tomorrow. I hope Portland doesn't extend that qualifying offer.

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/6/27/2247779/blazers-acting-gm-chad-buchanan-on-center-greg-oden-his-qualifying

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