Greg Oden is not yet ready to give up the dream of the NBA.
When we last saw the former No. 1 pick, he was buried on the bench of the Miami Heat. They gave him a shot at a comeback after three years out of the league, he even started a couple games for them, but by the time of the playoffs he was a complete non-factor and they let him walk. (Actually, the last time we saw him was in court dealing with a felony assault charge, but that has been resolved.)
Now, after another year out of the NBA, another year trying to rehab his rickety knees, Oden was working out at Ohio State and is now attempting to make a comeback, reports Shams Charania at Real GM.
As Greg Oden attempts a return in the NBA, the former No. 1 overall pick worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday and will visit the Dallas Mavericks this week, league sources told RealGM.
Oden will be part of the Mavericks’ free-agent mini-camp that includes wings and several big men, such as Keith Benson. The 7-foot Oden had worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies in the spring, and the franchise is expected to continue to monitor him.
This seems a real long shot. Just as a reminder, Oden has had seven knee surgeries, three microfracture. To his credit, most people in his shoes would have given up and just lived the rest of their lives comfortably on the million he made off his rookie deal as the former No. 1 pick, but Oden loved the game enough to fight all the way back and make the Miami Heat.
Still, it’s hard to imagine this working out differently than his last stint at this point. I would love for it to be different for him, but it’s just hard to picture.