Report: Grizzlies express interest in Greg Oden


When we last saw Greg Oden, he was a member of the Miami Heat during the 2014 season.

He appeared in 23 regular season games, and none really in the postseason — unless you count the 7:29 he played in total during three garbage time appearances as Miami was crushed by the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals.

Oden simply was never healthy enough to contribute consistently, though the folks in Miami will tell you he did nothing but work extremely hard on his rehabilitation while he was there.

After sitting out the 2015 campaign, it appears as though Oden is ready to give his comeback attempt yet another shot — and at least one team has expressed some interest.

From Shams Charania of Real GM:

The Memphis Grizzlies have explored center Greg Oden, expressing interest in the recent past with a workout in the spring and potentially bringing in the former No. 1 overall NBA pick to a free-agent camp in June, league sources told RealGM. …

The Grizzlies’ current level of interest in Oden remains unclear, but the franchise is believed to be having a free-agent mini-camp in the upcoming weeks — like many organizations around the NBA. Oden is undecided in his possible participation there.

Oden’s close friend and former teammate, Mike Conley, spoke late this season about the possibility of Oden’s comeback. Surely, Oden’s comfort level with the Grizzlies rises with Conley’s stature on the team.

Conley discussed Oden back in April, telling The Oregonian that he wouldn’t be surprised to see a comeback attempt take place.

“He’s talked about that he’s not ready to leave the game. I can tell you that,” Conley said. “He wants to play.”

In addition to whether or not Oden is physically ready to return to competing at the NBA level, teams will undoubtedly wonder where he is mentally, as well. Oden has dealt with serious off-the-court issues, and reportedly battled a drinking problem during the 2014 season.