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Report: Greg Oden not interested in the Celtics

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Jonathan Daniel

Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports reports:

Cavs, Heat emerge as leaders to bring oft-injured Oden back to NBA - Jeff Goodman - CBSSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have emerged as the leaders to land former No. 1 pick Greg Oden.

The 7-foot Oden, who hasn't played since Dec. 5, 2009 due to multiple knee injuries, is hoping to take a visit down to Miami to meet with Pat Riley and the Heat in the next week, a source told CBSSports.com.

Miami would likely offer a deal for minimum salary while the Cavs could pay up to nearly $4 million. The Boston Celtics are another team that has expressed interest, but the source said that Oden is leaning towards making a comeback with either Cleveland or Miami.

This isn't a big surprise, but it's still a bit disappointing. Still, I can't say I blame Oden; his choices are to chase a ring, or to go back to the state where he played his college ball. Both probably beat playing in Boston.