One day after a damaging blow to the team’s frontcourt in losing Jared Sullinger for the season, the team welcomed another talented big man to town (with chronic injury problems): The one and only Greg Oden. Here’s Steve Bulpett from The Boston Herald with some insight from Danny Ainge on the team’s meeting with the big man, and the possibility of the team signing Oden:
“We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically,” Ainge said.
“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.”
He added that there is nothing imminent with Oden, who is investigating his options as he tries to get his knees ready for another run at the NBA.
CH’s Take: Although this meeting was probably planned well in advance of Sullinger’s back issues this week, it’s fun to think these two developments are somehow connect for future. For some more background, here’s what ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard reported earlier this week on team interested in Oden:
San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Indiana and Dallas have been monitoring the rehab of Greg Oden and are in the running for his services, according to sources.
Oden is preparing for a return to the NBA next season, with Miami and Cleveland earlier reported as the front-runner to land the 7-footer. Several clubs have been in touch with Oden’s representatives about possibly signing him this year, according to league sources.
Oden, the first overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 draft, is expected to choose a team in the next three to four weeks, according to sources. He would not play, however, until the 2013-2014 season.
Oden has just played 82 NBA games in his career, and has not played since December 2009 with the Trail Blazers. Obviously, this potential signing isn’t anything that could help the C’s this year, but taking a low-cost waiver on a talent by Oden will likely do no harm long term to this team, no matter how long of a shot Oden has to be a regular contributor again in his NBA career. For now, the C’s are likely doing their due diligence with their eye towards the future just as much as it is towards this current season.