Greg Oden Vows to Play Again, Heat Interested

Greg Oden has had one of the most disappointing careers in recent memory.  He has not dissapointed because of a lack of production or not living up to the hype.  He simply has never stayed healthy long enough to show people his true skill level.  Despite the setbacks, though, Oden has said he will return to the NBA.

Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN say Oden plans to return next season.  Teams have already started taking interest.  Windhorst and Stein say sources have already confirmed the Miami Heat are potentially interested in Oden.

Oden was the number one overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.  However, he has only played in 82 games in his career.  He missed the entire 2007-08 season with a knee injury.  He then missed all of last season and will miss all of this season with a similar injury.  Oden had his third knee surgery a little over a year ago, but he is not ready to make a return this season.

The Heat are not the only team interested in Oden, and the interest is not limited to a one-year contract. The rumors are that teams have expressed interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal.  In his career, Oden has averaged 9.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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