Former #1 NBA Draft Pick, Greg Oden, Eyeing Comeback; Teams Interested
Former #1 overall NBA Draft Pick, Greg Oden, is eyeing a comeback, after being waived last season, and various teams are interested, says reports.
According to ESPN.com, the once predominant prospect, now 24, is being seriously considered by the Miami Heat for the 2013-14 season.
Oden was expected to be a major force when the Portland Trail Blazer chose him with the #1 pick of the 2007 Draft, but from the beginning, he suffered from injury (FYI: Kevin Durant was drafted with the #2 pick by the then-Seattle Supersonics). In his five pro seasons, he appeared in just 82 games and endured five knee surgeries, which began when he had to sit out his entire rookie season.
"In attempting another comeback, Oden's camp is planning to take a highly conservative approach. So the plan is for him to sit out the rest of this season and summer league to make sure he allows himself the best chance of finally getting healthy," writes ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein.
Sources says that multiple teams already have expressed interest in signing Oden before the end of this season to a multi-year deal that would allow him to continue his rehab until he can get back on the court in training camp in the fall.