A few years ago, the Celtics missed out on Greg Oden and Kevin Durant because of the unlucky, dreaded ping pong balls that are the NBA lottery. Now, Boston has a chance to pick up Oden.
According to an ESPN.com report, the Celtics are among five teams that could sign Oden, the first-overall pick in the 2007 draft who has endured several knee injuries in his NBA career.
The 25-year-old forward hasn't played since Dec. 5, 2009, and is coming off his third micro fracture knee surgery in February 2012.
The Celtics are trying to regain some depth in the frontcourt after trading away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in a blockbuster trade.
Boston acquired Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace in the eight-player deal that also involves three draft picks. The Celtics also drafted a pair of 7-footers, Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson, in this year's NBA draft, but it appears like Danny Ainge is willing to give Oden another shot.
The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies are also pursuing Oden, according to the report. Oden, who has only played in 82 career games, has averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Celtics owned the second-worst record in the 2006-07 season and were primed to get one of the top two picks in the 2007 draft, but at the lottery, they received the No. 5 pick, while the Portland Trail Blazers, who finished with the sixth-worst record, received the top pick and the Seattle Super Sonics, the fifth-worst team in the league, got the No. 2 pick.