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Celtics ‘monitoring’ Greg Oden’s comeback attempt

In their everlasting search for frontcourt depth, “the Celtics [1] are among the team’s monitoring” 2007 NBA draft No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden [2]‘s comeback attempt, according to CBSSports.com columnist Ken Berger [3].

Plagued by a series of knee injuries, the 7-foot, 250-pound Oden played just 82 games in a Blazers uniform, the last of which was played on Dec. 5, 2009. Portland waived him in March 2012 after his third surgery in five years.

Last week, ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein reported [4] several teams, including the Heat, have already shown interest in signing Oden this winter with the hope of bringing him to training camp this fall. The Spurs and Cavaliers [5] also appear to be in the mix for the former Ohio State star, CBSSports.com said.

Oden’s appeal is obvious. He’s a 7-footer who averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game in his limited NBA action. The Celtics can’t offer more money than either the Heat or Spurs, but Jared Sullinger apparently has a relationship [6] despite playing for the Buckeyes five years apart.