|Celtics Talking To Greg Oden|
It's great to see a number of teams still considering signing Greg Oden for next season, already, the Cavaliers and Miami Heat have expressed interest, and now comes reports that the Boston Celtics are talking to the former No.1 overall draft pick. Oden's career has been derailed by injury - the 7-footer has become the butt of many jokes, despite entering the 2007 Draft as a potential franchise changer - but he is looking to resume playing once again.
The Celtics are hoping to move up the list of teams that interests former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden after the two parties met Saturday afternoon in Boston.
Oden, a former prodigy who was supposed to change the Portland Trail Blazers franchise, has had microfracture surgeries on both knees and decided to take this season off to get those knees healthy as he attempts another return.
The Celtics have an interesting tie to Oden. They finished the 2006-07 season with the league's worst record and were planning to take Oden if they received the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. Boston received the fifth pick and drafted Jeff Green to include in a deal with the Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen.
If the Celtics had received the top two picks, they would have likely stuck with their rebuilding plan and taken Oden or Kevin Durant, and the Big Three Era may have never occurred. While some member of the Celtics' organization said they would have taken Durant, now one of the league's top superstars, with the top pick, coach Doc Rivers maintains they would selected Oden, then a franchise-caliber center drawing comparisons to David Robinson.