The Celtics are hoping to move up on the list of teams that interest former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden after the parties met Saturday afternoon in Boston.
Oden, a star at Ohio State who was supposed to change the Trail Blazers franchise when they drafted him in 2007, has had microfracture surgeries on both knees and decided to take this season off to get them healthy as he attempts another comeback.
Even if Oden can come back, he might be relegated to a part-time player because of his health.
The 7-foot center has undergone the three microfracture surgeries and another surgery for a fractured left kneecap.
Oden has played a total of 82 games, missing his entire rookie season with his first microfracture surgery. He last played on Dec. 5, 2009, after sustaining another serious knee injury that cost him two more seasons.
The Blazers cut ties with Oden in March 2012 and he has been rehabilitating since, targeting a 2013-14 return.
Efforts to reach Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge were unsuccessful.
The Celtics finished the 2006-07 season with the league’s second-worst record and were planning to take Oden if they received the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery. But they ended up with the fifth pick and drafted Jeff Green to include in a deal with the Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen.
If the Celtics had gotten either of the top two picks, they would have likely stuck with their rebuilding plan and taken Oden or Kevin Durant — and the second Big Three Era may have never happened.