One of the biggest stories to follow this offseason involves the comeback of one of the biggest draft busts in the history of the NBA. Greg Oden was riddled with knee problems with the Portland Trailblazers and it caused him to face an early retirement. But he appears to be back and he’s drawing interest from a handful of teams looking to see if he has anything left in the tank.
According to RealGM.com and Marc Spears from Yahoo!, the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks are among eight teams interested in Oden.
Oden, 25,has received interest from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs,Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings,Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, league sources said. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft hasn’t played since Dec. 5, 2009, because of multiple knee injuries.
Oden was first linked to the Miami Heat during the season but he made it clear he was waiting until now to start deciding who he wants to play for. It was a smart decision in hind sight as while joining the Heat would have meant a title ring, Oden could have gone to a team that didn’t do so well and then got blown up in the offseason.
Now that he can assess the best situation for himself, Oden will proceed with finding a team he feels can give him the best chance to succeed. The Heat remain a solid option as to the Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs.