NBA Trade Rumors: Are Boston Celtics Interested in Trail Blazer’s Greg Oden?

Boston Celtics Could Be Interested in Making a Deal for Greg Oden

The Boston Celtics faltered once again in the 2011 NBA Playoffs and have to retool their roster in order to contend again next season. With the retirement of Shaquille O’Neal and Nenad Krstic deciding to take his talents to Russia, the Celtics only have an aging Jermaine O’Neal left at the center position.

The Celtics are in a difficult position, with a roster full of veterans who want to win a title now, but also have young talent in Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis.

The Celtics would ideally like to add a young big who has a few years of experience under his belt to help fill their hole at the center position. An ideal candidate they should be looking at is Portland’s Greg Oden.

Greg Oden was the number 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, but has played sparingly due to injury throughout his time in the NBA. Oden has fallen out of favor with frustrated Blazer fans and could use a change of scenery to revive his career. The Celtics could capitalize on this and have a number of pieces and cap space to get a deal done with Portland.

If Greg Oden is healthy, he would be a great replacement for Kendrick Perkins, who Boston traded to the Thunder at the deadline last season. The injuries to Shaq derailed their depth at center and subsequently hurt their chances at winning another title.