Agent: Oden Would Love to Join Pacers
Greg Oden shares the fans’ disappointment in the way his career has gone.
The 7-foot center was limited to just 82 games by injuries after the Portland Trail Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. Portland waived the former No. 1 overall pick Thursday after an injury-plagued five-year run in which he averaged just 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left knee, ending his season.
Oden will be an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers on Saturday. (Oden’s agent Mike) Conley said he fielded at least one call from a team during the waiver period.
Conley said Oden has expressed interest in playing for the hometown Pacers after he recovers.
“I know Greg would love to play in Indy,” Conley said. “I know that’s something he’d definitely be interested in. But in my conversations with Greg, we’re not even thinking or talking about basketball right now.”
via Associated Press