Today, former number one pick overall in the 2007 NBA draft and center from Ohio State, Greg Oden met with Danny Ainge at the Celtics practice facility. This meeting comes a week after the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers were heavy favorites to sign the seven footer. With Jared Sullinger, another former Buckeye, out for the season, the Boston Celtics are now in the market for a big man, and Greg Oden might be a target.
According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, nothing is imminent and it was just an opportunity for Ainge to sit down with Oden and discuss what Boston can offer him. Contrary to earlier reports a week ago, Oden is interested in coming to Boston, and Ainge is just weighing his options when it comes to free agency. Bulpett wrote in his article that Oden isn’t fully ready to make a return to the NBA as he is still trying to get his legs at full strength.
At this point, signing Oden would be worth the shot. The Celtics obviously wouldn’t offer him a big contract, so for Boston Oden could be a low risk, high reward acquisition. There aren’t a lot of options out there when it comes to signing a big man. Kenyon Martin is available, but earlier in the season he was rumored to join up with former teammates Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith in New York.
As a Celtics fan, this is great news, whether Oden signs with Boston or not. This meeting is also an indication that Boston is looking to add another big man, and with the injuries they’ve endured so far, they’ll have to sign someone to preserve Kevin Garnett’s legs.
In other free agency related news, former Celtics guard Delonte West has opted out of his D-League contract. With West available, it’s possible that Danny Ainge may reach out and try signing him. Boston is in need of a point guard, and Delonte is in need of a team. If the Celtics could sign both players the roster would be complete and they can make another run at Banner 18. It’s going to be interesting to see what Ainge does as February 21st inches closer.