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Celtics GM says he had ‘good conversation’ with Greg Oden

Feb 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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Greg Oden is going to get one more shot on an NBA roster. Not this season, and if we really ever do see him on the court remains to be seen, but some team is going to sign him in the coming weeks and help him through the rest of his rehab in hopes that he can play some off the bench next season.

It is thought Cleveland and Miami are the front runners for his services, but don’t through Boston out of the mix.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he met with Oden Saturday and it went well, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

“It was just a chance to get to know Greg a little better,” Ainge, president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com on Saturday. “We meet with free agents all the time…

“It was a good conversation,” said Ainge, who added that no contract offer was made to Oden. “When he has been healthy, he has been a good player in our league. Like I said, this was just a chance for us to get to know him better. That’s all.”

Oden is never going to live up to the hype of being the No. 1 overall pick, the guy taken in front of Kevin Durant. Not after three microfracture knee surgeries and seven overall. But as Ainge said, when healthy he’s been good and if he can get back to giving a team solid minutes every night off the bench that has real value in this league. Especially for a team that can play small at times like Boston. It’s worth a conversation and if it comes to that a small contract.

Smart money says he still lands in Cleveland. He’s an Ohio State guy (he’s still taking classes there) and they are under the cap and can offer a little more than the league minimum.

Wherever he lands, I hope it works out for him.

  1. jobotjones - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    “don’t through Boston out of the mix.”

    Really? Throw?

    • iritian - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      This site has seen some horrible mistakes. I think no one proofreads before they post articles.

    • reasonablemindsays - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      It’s hard to take these guys seriously when they criticize an NBA player’s ability to perform when they continue to make 2nd grade spelling and grammar errors.

  2. daddyghi - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    go join the mavs, greg! We’ll fix your leg just like we fixed tyson chandler’s!

  3. scalfor3 - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Realize its a long-shot, but would like to see them make this move. Almost no risk (you’ll be paying him league min and if he doesn’t pan out he’s the 12 guy on your bench) but he’d be a huge help with rebounding and d, even if he can only play limited minutes.

    Really a shame what happened to this dudes knees, he couldv’e been the best 5 in the game.

  4. jammer73 - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If he comes back it’ll be be just like Brandon Roy coming back for the Wolves. Total waste of money. If he does sign somewhere hopefully the team that signs him isn’t as incompetent as Kahn and the Wolves were and pay him 5 million a year.

  5. andrewjones1124 - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I would take a flyer on him. He could be more than serviceable with a year of intense rehab.

  6. dirtydrew - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    He looked 38 in college.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      You’re absolutely correct. I have Oden’s Ohio State picture on my phone just so I can play the guessing game with my friends. Most people say 40.

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    So I guess he’s a better conversationalist than basketball player. Thanks, Danny Ainge.

  8. ncm42 - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I really hope he has at least some measure of success. Seems like a good guy, and I think he would be good for the league. And his commercials were the best. Except the Cat Fancy one, because maybe the cover of Cat Fancy really DID end his career…

  9. fearthehoody - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Da wryting in this artikle is tearable

  10. halfbaht - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    We took a risk on Darko, why not on Oden? Might not get as many minutes out of him, but I’m sure they’d be more productive

  11. badintent - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Love seeing the Bridman in TO today. He’s not in shape yet. But he willl help them on the boards. Fly high birdman. !

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