Danny Ainge confirmed the Boston Celtics are “monitoring” Greg Oden.

Oden is recovering from microfracture surgery and hopes to sign with an NBA team before the end of this season.

"Yeah, so we're monitoring Greg, like all the NBA teams are, but we have not attempted to sign him," Ainge said Thursday. "But we are monitoring him and having (conversations) with his people just to see where he's at."

Oden has played a total of 82 games due to a series of knee injuries.

"I don't think (he'd be ready to play this year)," Ainge said. "I don't know any of that for sure, but I would suspect that anybody that would sign him would have their eyes looking more towards his contribution in the future than now."

CBS Sports reports that the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers are also interested in Oden.