Boston Celtics Free-Agency Talk: Recapping All the Latest Chatter

Sloan PivaCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2013

Could Greg Oden's next photo-op be in a green jersey?
Could Greg Oden's next photo-op be in a green jersey?Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

As far as the Boston Celtics are concerned, there really doesn't seem to be much to report on in the free-agent market.

For all intents and purposes, it could be more illuminating to look at other teams' interest levels in current Boston players.

For instance, the Dallas Mavericks have shown clear interest in Rajon Rondo, probably in hopes of luring Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard to their squad. Meanwhile, they have also reportedly targeted Monta Ellis, Mo Williams, Jarrett Jack, Chauncey Billups and Jose Calderon.

Rondo will be owed nearly $12 million next season and close to $13 million in 2014-15. The rest of those legitimate point guards remain free agents.

On Thursday, Comcast Sports Net New England writer A. Sherrod Blakely tweeted that the Mavericks now expect the Celtics to move forward with a Rondo trade, considering 36-year-old Brad Stevens now serves as Boston's head coach.

Of course, Boston Globe columnist Gary Washburn writes that Rondo approaches Stevens' hire with a “completely open mind.”

But don't be surprised if he gets traded to the Mavericks or the Detroit Pistons by the end of the week. Honestly, who would really be surprised by anything at this point?

And then there's Greg Oden.

To better gauge the free-agent banter surrounding Oden, it's important to understand the star-crossed center's worth. According to reports, Oden's troubled knees appear to be on the mend, at least for the time being, and he seems to be in great shape.

Now, he stands to earn a fairly decent paycheck from either Boston, the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers or Memphis Grizzlies.

The former No. 1 pick, who hasn't played a game since December 5, 2009, boasts averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 82 career games. The 7'0", 285-pounder has worked out in Columbus and Indianapolis during the offseason.

The Cavs are said to be out of the so-called Oden “sweepstakes,” according to Fox Sport's Sam Amico. The Celtics probably stand no chance next to the Spurs, Heat and Grizzlies, either. But who knows? Grabbing a wild card like Oden could be a huge play if the price is right, especially if in so doing, they keep the Heat from landing an athletic big man who still, if healthy, has a big upside.

Other than that, it's so friggin' boring in Boston. Rondo wants to stay with the team. Brad Stevens can't wait to bond with his players. The Celtics don't look to make serious moves in the free-agent market.


Wake me up when something happens.

Until then, Boston Celtic fans could all use this holiday weekend.