Dec 16, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden (52) poses for a photo during media day at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Sacramento Kings Interested in Greg Oden


Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden hasn’t played a single minute in the NBA in two seasons, yet several NBA teams are vying for the free agent big man, who is making a return to the league.

According to HoopsWorld, the Sacramento Kings have shown interest in singing Oden, with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs also in the mix.

The report states that the Kings have the salary cap room available to make the acquisition, and “offer Oden an immediate opportunity for playing time behind center DeMarcus Cousins.”

Oden, the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, has had a once-promising career destroyed by injuries. He sat out the entire 2007-2008 season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

His “rookie campaign” was the following season, when he averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 61 games. He played in just 21 games in 2009-2010 after yet another injury — a fractued left patella — forced him to miss a major period of time.

Oden then missed the entire 2010-2011 campaign as well after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee (yes, he somehow screwed up both knees).

The once star-in-the-making was waived in 2012, but is looking to get himself back in the game. Oden has had many suitors taking a look at him this offseason, and it should be expected to see him in an NBA uniform as the season begins.

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