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Report: Celtics, Cavaliers, Spurs have interest in Oden (and he could sign soon)

Jan 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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You can throw a couple more teams into the “we’re interested” file for Greg Oden.

As we told you recently, Oden is taking classes at Ohio State and working out and rehabbing to attempt one more NBA comeback. This is a long shot — he has already had three microfracture surgeries on his knees. And seven total surgeries. At age 24.

But if he does teams like the Heat and Mavericks are reportedly interested (although who has spoken to his agent and how serious they are remains up for debate). You can also add the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers to the mix, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

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.

If you are saying “why would you sign this guy?” you need to look around the league at the dearth of quality big men. Oden is never going to live up to the No. 1 pick potential, but if you could get him at a good price to give you 15 minutes a night off the bench, a whole lot of teams could use that.

Look at the teams going after him — Spurs, Celtics, Heat. These are some of he NBA’s smart, well run teams.

Teams want to sign Oden and get him before another team grabs him. He can work out with them all summer and then they can make a run at it next season. Hence the desire on both sides to get it done now.

  1. willthedolphinseverwin - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    C’mon Heat pull the trigger. If he can walk without breaking his knee thats 5 more rebounds than bosh lol

  2. eventhorizon04 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    He’s a guy you lock-down now because you hope he contributes in 2014. He’s still rehabbing and is nowhere near basketball shape. Rushing this guy back is a surefire way to re-injure his knee, so any team that signs him will have to be patient with the playoffs only a couple of months away.

    He has great potential though if he stays healthy.

  3. observingii - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Seven surgeries now and probably more to come? No, he cannot walk without breaking his knee. Give it up!

  4. metalhead65 - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    if he is serious about a comeback he will sign a cap friendly deal with a team like the spurs or celtics where there will not be as much pressure to perform right away. if he signs with the heat or a team like the cavs despite what they say he will feel pressure to come back as soon as possible to help them win a title or to make them respectable.

    • kinggw - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Im not sure that makes much sense, especially with a team like the C’s. The C’s have no legitimate big men outside of KG and with him on the decline, there would be more pressure for Oden to step up and contribute. Conversely in Miami he wouldnt be asked to do much except rebound and clog the paint.

  5. smoochytherhino - Jan 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    How can the Knicks not be after this guy? I mean he’s an injury waiting to happen so you know he’ll get hurt. And he may not be in his 40s but he looks like he’s 75. That’s the formula right there – old and hurt. Sign him up NY!

  6. cranespy - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Sad case….Greg is a super individual, who if not for his continual knee surgeries would have been a functional big man who played with heart. He would’ve racked up tens of millions in endorsements. While the odds are clearly not in his favor, here’s hoping that he does have an opportunity to once and for all play without injury.

  7. cranespy - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    …..a classy gentleman as he is deserves a spot on a classy team.

  8. j0esixpack - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    It’d be fitting to see him back with the Celts.

    They had the most ping pong balls that year and had they gotten the #1 pick they likely would have used it on him.

    When the Celtics fabled luck failed to procure the top pick in the draft, Ainge moved on to Plan B, trading for Allen and KG, which generally worked out ok for them.

    All things being equal, playing on a Doc Rivers coached team while benefitting from the advice of vets like KG and Pierce could be the best thing for Oden

    • bozosforall - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Screw the Puh C’s…the loser fans openly campaigned for their team to tank the previous season in order to get the top pick. Only a chump fan base does that…and the New Englnd fan base is comprised of the biggest chumps out there. GFY, joesuxdix.

      • scalfor3 - Jan 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        joesuxdix lol. i gotta admit, i almost admire your dedication to trolling, bozos.

      • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        Gotta laugh…at someone like you, from the whinest fan base in the history of sports, calling anyone a troll…particularly given that the Boston sports fan base have been trolling the Yankees for most of the last century.

  9. edwardemanuelson - Jan 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Make it happen Spurs. This is what they do. Nobody manages minutes as well as Pop.

  10. sheiladsproductions - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Fools Gold!

  11. ayochaser - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    He should go to the spurs IMO. He’d be apart of their core for the future and they’re a well run team that wouldn’t have him out there just for garbage duty.

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