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It's now been a full three years since Greg Oden last set foot on an NBA floor. At the time, he was slowly working himself into the stalwart defender so many thought he'd be coming out of Ohio State.
His per-36-minute numbers (16.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.4 blocks per game) pointed toward him becoming a semi-star at the very least—someone who could finish around the basket and be a defensive terror around the rim.
But it always came with the same caveat: "If he can stay healthy." By now, we know the answer to that question was no—much to the dismay of the Portland Trail Blazers, who finally parted ways with Oden just last March.
But now, it seems like Oden is gearing up for another attempt at NBA life. He's reportedly looking to make a return toward the end of this season, and it's no shocker that teams across the league are kicking his tires.
The most obvious (and rumored) team is one we've already mentioned in this space: the Miami Heat. However, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, the defending champions will have competition in the Dallas Mavericks if Oden indeed does return in 2013:
A source told ESPNDallas.com Friday that the Mavs have been among the teams in contact with Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., while the 7-footer rehabs from his third microfracture surgery and takes classes at Ohio State.
At this juncture, I'm not sure any true basketball fan actually cares where Oden winds up. Just that he ends up somewhere, healthy and contributing to an NBA team. Dallas would be an interesting fit, as the team is in desperate need of any type of talent, but simply seeing Oden on the floor would be a welcomed sight.