As we covered here a couple weeks ago, the Miami Heat have shown interest in signing the rehabbing Greg Oden. Now, it seems the Cleveland Cavaliers could be the frontrunners to land the former number one overall pick. Oden is working on a comeback and numerous teams have showed interest.
According to an Associated Press report (via NBA.com), the Cavaliers are doing their research on Oden to see how viable he could be if they signed him to their roster. Oden has suffered numerous injuries that have de-railed his career, so Cleveland wants to be careful before making a final decision.
Oden was once one of the most promising players in the league. He suffered a knee injury right out of college and missed his first NBA season. Oden then suffered injuries on an off before suffering another devastating knee injury last year. Oden intends to make a comeback, just not this year.
"I don't know when, but I'm taking this year off. I'll play next year," said Oden, who led the Buckeyes to the Final Four as a freshman in 2007.Oden has played 82 games since being drafted in 2007. In that time, he has averaged 9.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. He has never been at full strength on the court, so outside of college, Oden has not been able to show his true skill level.