Oden's agent, Mike Conley, said the following via phone a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida:
"(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited. I think he’s motivated... He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but he’s backed off from that... He’s open to playing this season. I think he will play this season."
Oden, a former No. 1 draft pick, has not played since December 2009. Out of 394 possible games in his NBA career, he’s missed 312. The center has undergone five surgeries on both his knees since being drafted. Two surgeries occurred last February, and he was waived by Portland last March, making him a free agent.
Oden feels like he has something left to offer. If he can stay healthy, he could still be an asset to a team. Here are six teams that should consider going after the big man.