|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM|
This courtship of Oden started in February, and along with the Celtics as a possible destination for the big man there are many other teams who want to take a chance on the 25 year old center. He's been gone from the game long enough to hopefully be injury free.He intrigues me, and it seems Ainge feels the same. If I am Oden I pick from the Cavs or Boston. He will likely get more playing time. This would certainly be a high reward if he comes back strong, and plays the same kind of ball if not a little better.
"Greg Oden will likely choose from a group of suitors that includes the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, a source close to Oden told ESPN.com.
Oden, 25, has battled numerous knee injuries and hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. He is coming off his third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012. Oden was the top overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State, chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers one spot ahead of Kevin Durant.
Oden has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 82 career games and has been working out in both Columbus and Indianapolis this past offseason. Sources close to Oden told ESPN.com that he is optimistic he can return for the 2013-14 season opener."