Greg Oden plans comeback, perhaps to Heat, report says

January 10, 2013
Greg Oden has spent far too much time on crutches. (Michael Conroy / AP)

Greg Oden is expected to try to resume his basketball career next season, according to an ESPN report.

Oden, the No. 1 draft pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007, has drawn interest from several teams, with the most intense interest coming from the Miami Heat.

Teams would like to sign him to a multiyear deal before this season ends, Brian Windhorst reports, so that he can continue to rehab from his latest knee surgery while he attends classes at Ohio State.

Signing Oden is not without considerable risk. Because of multiple knee injuries, he has appeared in only 82 games and had three microfracture surgeries.

The Heat, Windhorst reports, could have two roster spots open this season and Heat President Pat Riley has been known to roll the dice on big men.

Oden, who turns 25 on Jan. 22, has not played since Dec. 5, 2009, and underwent his most recent microfracture surgery in February 2012.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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