With the injuries piling up on them, the Boston Celtics are exploring any and all options they can just to make it through the season and possibly have some semblance of success.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England, the Celtics met with center Greg Oden on Saturday.
A. Sherrod Blakely @SherrodbCSN
#Celticstalk: The rumor is true. The #Celtics did meet with Greg Oden today in Waltham. More to come on #CSNNE.com.2013-2-2 20:22:07
Oden is attempting to make an NBA comeback after missing the last two seasons due to various injuries, including three microfracture surgeries (two on his left knee, one on his right) since being drafted in 2007.
The last game Oden played was on December 5, 2009 against Houston. He played just four minutes and had no points with three rebounds.
At just 25 years old, Oden certainly has nothing to lose by attempting to make the most out of whatever ability he has left. But you have to wonder what, exactly, that is. Microfracture surgery is a serious procedure that usually requires nearly a year to fully recover from.
Having three microfracture surgeries when your body has proven to be frail already doesn't bode well for Oden's future.
However, NBA teams are always going to take a chance on size. The Celtics certainly have a need for front-line help, as it was revealed that rookie power forward Jared Sullinger will be out for the season to have surgery on his ailing back.
The Celtics also lost All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL, so they are hurting for both depth and production from various spots on the court.
Oden is a big risk, but one that could pay some dividends if he proves that he is capable of staying healthy long enough to make an impact.