Oden's last NBA action came way back on Dec. 5, 2009, as he logged just four minutes against the Houston Rockets before injuring his knee and never returning to play in an NBA game.
During his career, Oden sustained multiple knee injuries, including a chipped kneecap and a fractured patella.
The big man was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft, as the Portland Trail Blazers thought they had a franchise player for years to come.
Oden played in a total of 61 games as a rookie in the 2008-09 season, starting 39 times, and averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds per game.
He was off to a sensational start during the 2009-10 campaign, scoring 11.1 points per contest and pulling down 8.5 boards before sustaining a knee injury that would derail his career.
Playing just one season at Ohio State, Oden averaged 15.7 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. As a result, he was thought to be a lock as one of the NBA's best big men for years to come.
Who has the better chance at landing Oden this season?
The Bobcats sorely need an inside presence like Oden, as their four leading scorers are guards (Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson).
Surely Oden wouldn't be a fix-all for Charlotte, but he would likely come cheap and could serve as a stronger interior player than current center Byron Mullens.
Cleveland and Charlotte will have to battle it out for rights to Oden, but nonetheless, this is certainly a promising turn in the big man's career.
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