Greg Oden has not played in an NBA game since December 5, 2009, yet, there is a good chance he will be suiting up for a team come this season. The free agent will be in Las Vegas this week and plans on meeting with officials from the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings.
The 2007 No. 1 overall pick has suffered through multiple knee injuries since getting selected by the Portland Trailblazers, one spot ahead of superstar Kevin Durant. He has career averages of 9.4 points, 1.4 blocks and 7.3 rebounds. Certainly, those are respectable numbers, but he has been unable to stay healthy.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are two other teams interested in the 7-footer, but teams like the Kings and Pelicans might be more ideal situations for Oden to come in to. While in places like Dallas, Miami or San Antonio where winning is expected right away, he would be able to take it slow with the Kings or with the Pelicans, and not have much pressure on him.
The former college standout at The Ohio State University is on the comeback trail to the NBA, but is running out of chances. Hopefully for Oden, the NBA and their fans, he will make a roster and, once and for all, maintain his health. His talent is just too good to go to waste.