Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Boston Celtics Still looking at Greg Oden

Greg Oden has not played in an NBA contest since December of 2009. With that being said he’s still wanted in the NBA. Oden apparently has eight suitors in the NBA according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. 

Among those suitors would be the Boston Celtics. The Celtics had interest in Oden throughout last season and in the prior offseason last year. Although the Celtics are getting ready to break up their core, they still do have interest in Oden.

Oden has played only 82 games in his career since being drafted in the 2007-08 season. The Celtics were looking to draft Oden in that draft as well, but didn’t get anywhere close to the desired pick. They made moves for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen after that, and the rest is just history.

Oden has shown that he can be a good player in the NBA when healthy. In only 23.9 minutes of play, Oden scored 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game–including 3 offensive rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. Those numbers are good enough to match up with some of the better bigs in the NBA.

If the Celtics can land Oden and he can have  a healthy season there is a potential for him to have a huge impact. The Celtics are going to need a big guy to play center–right now the only centers on the roster would be Chris Wilcox and Colton Iverson out of Colorado State.

Oden was known as a great diver out of pick and roll situations. If Oden is still as good as he was at diving to the rim, this will be a great signing for the Celtics. That is something that they’ve sorely lacked throughout the last three or four seasons. A diving big in high pick and roll situations can be used to open up three point shooting.

Still, Oden will have to be healthy to have an impact on this team. Hopefully the Celtics can get him signed and we’ll see what happens from there.

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