Boston Celtics Have Nothing to Lose by Trying to Sign Greg Oden
The Boston Celtics are a team that is likely going to have to some massive rebuilding this summer through NBA Free Agency. They are going to need to find ways to survive without Rajon Rondo at the start of the year and are likely going to have to find players to replace either Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce or both of them.
Another area that the Celtics will need to address is their frontcourt. This past season the Celtics were one of the worst rebounding teams in the league and weren’t great in terms of points in the paint. With Garnett possibly not being with the team next year, that is going to be even more of an issue that needs addressing next season.
There are several quality names that they could go after in free agency like Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap. However, one option that isn’t being discussed and the Celtics haven’t looked into is the possibility of trying to sign Greg Oden, who is trying to make his way back into the league and looks fantastic in workouts according to reports.
Oden’s career was derailed early on by knee injuries and he hasn’t played in the league since the 2009-2010 season. However, there’s no doubt that he showed massive potential in those years. In the 82 games he’s played in his career he played 22.1 minutes per game and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting. There’s obvious reasons why he was selected number one overall in the 2007 NBA Draft over Kevin Durant.
There would be obvious risk if the Celtics were to go after Oden. He has been rehabbing and looks to be fully healthy for the first time in a long time, but that doesn’t take away the injury history. However, for Boston it’s actually little-risk, but the chance of high reward. They must get better in their frontcourt and Oden will likely be a relatively cheap option. If he’s healthy, the signing will be a home run; if he’s not, then there isn’t much harm done. Essentially, going after Oden is a good move that could turn into a great move for the Celtics.
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