See, who says Danny Ainge doesn't read CelticsLife? When rumors about Greg Oden's possible return to the NBA surfaced, I implored Ainge to take a look at the former Buckeye and Trailblazer (link). Why? Well under the simple premise that 25 year old 7 footers who have put up great rate stats and are willing to possibly accept the league minimum do not exactly grow on trees. Oden, who has undergone five knee surgeries since 2007, has been ramping up his workouts, and according to Ken Berger of CBSSports, the Celtics are taking a look. From Berger's article (link).
Greg Oden, the No. 1 pick in 2007 who hasn't played in an NBA game since 2009 due to a litany of knee injuries, is aiming for a comeback. Part of Oden's plan is to sign with a team in the next month and get into a training and conditioning program with an eye toward returning to the floor next season. The Celtics are among the teams monitoring Oden's progress, and sources tell CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman that the Spurs and Cavaliers have expressed interest, too.
I won't re-hash everything I said in the original article, but this is really the perfect low-risk, high reward transaction for the Celtics (or any team for that matter). Oden's knee fails again - you're out a little bit of cash. If he can return from his injuries to become even half the player he was pre-injury - you win the proverbial big man lottery. There is no downside.
Well I suppose the only downside is that I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels this way, and I'd expect a hell of a lot more than three teams to show serious interest in the man who looks like Lebron's father - yet is 3 years younger.
P.S. Greg on the 0.00056% chance you're reading this - your competition for playing time at the moment is Jason Collins. And next year it's Fab Melo, who is struggling with the whole 'walking through a doorway' thing. Minutes are to be had.
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