NBA Rumors: Teams Should Stay Away from Greg Oden

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIAugust 16, 2012

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 110-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden amounted to nothing more than a colossal disappointment for the Portland Trail Blazers.

While it would be ridiculous to blame Oden's injury problems on him, as degenerative knee issues usually aren't someone's fault, many Blazers do not look too kindly upon Oden.

Other teams can thank the Blazers for drafting Oden No. 1 overall, as they were able to avoid drafting a player that turned out to be a huge bust.

Apparently, some teams haven't learned from the Blazers' mistake. According to Fox Sports' Sam Amico (via Sulia) Oden is a topic of conversation among a certain few teams:

One NBA GM listed three teams he considers frontrunners for Greg Oden (in no order): Spurs, Pacers and Magic. The GM made sure to stress, however, "that's just my best guess." Oden is currently back at Ohio State, working toward a degree in sports and leisure.

That doesn't provide much concrete information other than the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic are interested. Nonetheless, it lets us know that teams are willing to take a chance on Oden.

Even though Oden would likely come at a crazy discount, teams should stay away from adding him to their roster.

Oden wasn't terrible when he was on the court, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a night over the course of his 82-game career that spanned over two seasons, but that was with a Blazers team without many options to go to.

He was productive when he played, but he was only on the court for just over 20 minutes per game. The seven-footer probably isn't in great basketball shape anymore and probably wouldn't be able to contribute much more than that.

Oden wasn't a bust just because of his bad knees. He was a bust because he didn't have the necessary skills to become a dominant force in the NBA.

Draft busts become draft busts for a reason. It isn't logical to believe that Oden can bounce back from nearly two years away from basketball and become a consistent contributor to a contending team.

You have to feel for the guy. After all, his NBA dreams were crushed because of injuries and other factors, but that doesn't mean he is still good enough to play with the best players in the world.