Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Greg Oden Receiving Interest from Spurs, Pacers, Celtics and More

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.

Tags: Boston Celtics Greg Oden Indiana Pacers Miami Heat NBA NBA Free Agency San Antonio Spurs

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  • Johnny Chase

    Does he want to succeed but get low minutes. Or does he want to prove himself a starting caliber Center, in which case come to Boston big fella.

  • metalhead65

    if he wants to win and stay healthy he should could home and sign with the pacers. he would not be expected to start and play big min. because they have hibbert. but coming off the bench to provide defense and rebounding when hibbert is out of the game is what the pacers bench needs to help them take the next step and get to the finals. he should take the min. to prove it’s not about the money and he is serious about winning. I mean he’s made what 50 mil. for doing nothing the last 3 years so I think he can afford a year of a prove it salary.