NBA Rumors: Greg Oden To Return Next NBA Season


Dec 16, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden (52) poses for a photo during media day at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, has battled multiple knee injuries that have derailed a most promising career.

During an interview in 2010, Oden, who is now 24, vowed to come back and play at a high level in the NBA.

“When I get out there 100 percent, everybody will see what kind of player I am,” Oden said in an interview with FanHouse. “When I get 100 percent and I get to improve on the court, I feel I can be an All-Star.”

Nobody knows if Oden can become an All-Star caliber center in the NBA, but we finally know when Oden plans on suiting up in an NBA uniform.

According to Chris Haynes, of Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers, had dinner with Oden, and Batum said:

” He looks good & is planning a return to NBA next season.”

According to reports, several teams, including the Miami Heat, have previously expressed interest in the 7-footer.

If healthy, Oden could very well help a championship contender next season, but will it be on the level Oden hinted at?

Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 82 appearances with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Stay tuned as this story develops.

 

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