Greg Oden remains on the Celtics' radar, but he "doesn't seem to be a high priority," according to the Boston Herald.
Why should he be? Oden is nothing but a lottery ticket for any team that signs him given his injury issues, and the Celtics need someone they can count on behind Kevin Garnett if KG returns. "We'll look into Greg still," Danny Ainge said. "He wasn't ready to play when he saw him last. He wasn't ready to work out."
The Cavaliers are "still considering" signing Greg Oden, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The Cavs are "looking for a defensive center," Pluto concludes, and therefore may trade up to draft Kentucky C Nerlens Noel if they miss out on the No. 1 pick in the lottery. For what it's worth, Oden's agent said in February that the Cavs, Heat and Celtics were in contention, but no decision was expected until July.
Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas said Greg Oden "looks unbelievable" as he continues his rehab and attempt to return to the NBA.
We heard a lot of positive reports on Oden this year only to see him never sign with a team, but it's possible he'll look to ink a deal during the offseason. "He's running, lifting weights," Thomas said. "You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he's ready to go. He's running, getting in shape." It doesn't sound like Oden is all the way back yet, but his story will be an intriguing one as teams search in the discount bin for size this summer.
Kostas Papanikolaou will decide between playing for Olympiacos in Europe or going to the NBA next season.
No other European team is in consideration for Papanikolaou, who won the Rising Star trophy in Europe this season. His rights were acquired by Portland in the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade deal.
Damien Lillard was the All-Rookie team's lone unanimous selection.
Lillard led all rookies in points (19.0), assists (6.5), 3-pointer made (2.3) and minutes (38.6). He's joined on the All-Rookie team by Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Dion Waiters and Harrison Barnes. The second team consisted of Andre Drummond, Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyle Singler and Tyler Zeller. Note that the All-Rookie teams are voted on by the league's coaches, so they carry more weight than the awards voted on by the media.
Damian Lillard said he wants to use the offseason to "bring my percentages up as a shooter, tighten up my handle, be a better ball-handler" and watch film to learn from his mistakes.
Fresh off of winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Lillard is not satisfied. Lillard averaged three turnovers and shot 42.9 percent from the field, so he could improve in both of those areas. The Weber State product shot 36.8 percent from behind the 3-point line and 84.4 percent from the charity stripe, so any improvement in those two areas would only make him more dangerous. Lillard also said he's well aware of his defensive critics and will spend time with Gary Payton during the offseason to improve that area of his game. This kid has a very bright future.
Damian Lillard was announced as the unanimous selection for the Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.
Lillard received all 121 first-place votes to become the fourth Blazer in team history to win the award and only fourth unanimous selection in NBA history. Lillard entered the season far behind presumed favorite and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, but Lillard's stunning rookie campaign made him impossible to ignore. Lillard led the league in total minutes while averaging 19 points, 6.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game to go along with a rookie record 185 made 3-pointers. Yeah, the kid is good.