The Celtics took the next step with their interest in free agent center Greg Oden, bringing the 7-footer in for a meeting yesterday.

The Celts are among a number of clubs looking into the 25-year-old who has been limited by knee injuries to just 82 games in his NBA career. Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, sat out his first year and last played in December 2009.

According to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, the Celtics and Oden met to discuss both his health and where he may be able to fit in on the roster.

"We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically," Ainge said.

The fact Oden is still drawing strong interest from teams despite his medical history is a testament to his talent. The Ohio State product had five double-doubles — including a 13-point, 20-rebound night — in the 21 games he played before being injured in his last season with Portland Trail Blazers.