Free Agent center Greg Oden is still only 25-years-old, as he attempts to jump-start his NBA career again this summer. However, the number one pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, has faced enough adversity for a man three times his age, trying to play the game he loves with a body that has been unable to withstand the stress. Since entering the Association he has been plagued by injuries, keeping him on the sidelines since early December, 2009. He has been active for only two seasons, playing a total of 82-contests before being released by the team that drafted him, the Portland Trail Blazers last summer.
Unless he made a string of terrible investments or partied like a rock-star far too often; the big man should be in great financial shape and leave money for his grandchildren when he eventually passes. However, he does not want to give up his dream of playing in the Association, so after taking this past season off he is offering his talents to the squad he feels he fits best on.
“Yahoo Sports” has reported that Oden had meetings with five franchises and scheduled to meet with one more. The center has already spoken with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings as well as the San Antonio Spurs. The website’s sources are stating that he will meet with the New Orleans Pelicans later this week. That source also claims that the Pelicans are willing to pay the former Ohio State University player $3 million for the upcoming and three other squads will likely present similar deals to Oden and his agent.
The big has shown flashes of what he can become, but those moments are too few and too far between. If he can play injury-free, can he become anything like the player projected to be when he left the NCAA to join the Show? With two knees having undergone micro-fracture surgeries, that is not likely to be the player that takes the court in October. However any NBA observer has to respect his attempt; to capture his dream