After three years away due to chronic knee injuries, Greg Oden is looking to return to the NBA. According to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum had dinner with Oden and stated that the 2007 No. 1 pick "looks good" and is already planning his return.
Oden last played in the league during the 2009-10 season, averaging 11.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 21 games for the Portland Trail Blazers. The team drafted him first overall out of Ohio State, and his 7'0", 285-pound frame made him ideal for playing center. Injuries sadly took their toll and robbed him of his full potential.
However, assuming that what Batum said to Haynes is true, teams could have the opportunity of landing a diamond in the rough. All injuries aside, Oden is a natural defender and works the paint well. He will be 25 at the start of next season, so there is plenty of time for him to make a comeback and leave his mark on the NBA's annals.
In order for him to make such an impact, Oden must find the perfect situation for himself. This means a low-pressure team that will be patient with him, and be ready to deal with his injuries as necessary.
Oden needs to find the perfect fit, and with it a shot at revitalizing his NBA career.