Word has it that Greg Oden has not given up on yet another comeback. The former #1 overall draft choice of the Portland Trailblazers is still only 27 years old, and last attempted to play a year ago with the Miami Heat. With the NBA seemingly downsizing at almost every turn, there are very few teams that would want a throw-back big man like Oden. However, he is supposedly going to work out for the Memphis Grizzlies which would be a perfect fit in my mind (if Oden can stay on the court). If Oden can give Memphis 12-15 minutes a game backing up Marc Gasol (which most expect to stay in Memphis), it could be a solid pick up. It would also mark a reunion between he and his former Ohio State teammate, Mike Conley, who starts at point for the Grizzlies. I am pulling for the big guy, because I simply hate to see injuries like Oden has struggled with. Of course, I wouldn’t realistically pay him a lot to be a backup, which even if he plays, will be all he can be most likely.
The #1 overall draft selection in the 2007 draft, Oden is expected to also participate in the Dallas Mavericks’ free agent mini-camp this Summer. Before Oden signed with the Miami Heat during the 2014 season, his decision came down to the Heat and the Mavericks so there does seem to be some mutual interest by both parties. The big man has also worked out for the Charlotte Hornets according to reports.
Oden lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA championship game averaging 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds that season. Oden missed what would have been his rookie NBA season with knee problems during the 2007-08 season, but did play 61 games in 2008-09 for the Portland Trailblazers averaging 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and around 1 blocked shot in about 22 minutes a game. He was never able to stay on the floor for the Blazers any major length of time after that season because of further knee issues. Oden was never really given any opportunities with the Miami Heat, in 2014, only playing in 23 games mostly in blowout wins by the Heat.