Greg Oden expects to sign with an NBA team next season after his third microfracture surgery. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Greg Oden expects to discuss returning to the NBA with the Miami Heat this summer and also is interested in Charlotte, Cleveland and San Antonio according to his agent Mike Conley Sr. in an interview with FOX Sports Florida.
Oden has been linked to interest from several other NBA teams including the Celtics and Mavericks, a year after undergoing his third microfracture surgery.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft has played in just 82 games for the Trail Blazers because of multiple knee surgeries. He has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
Conley said the Heat discussed adding Oden before signing Juwan Howard, but both sides opted to wait.
"No doubt,’’ Conley Jr. said of Oden's interest in the Heat. “He’s obviously displayed interest in Miami and the team they have and the guys they have. I think any situation would be great for him, but Miami obviously would be great for him to be around a bunch of veteran guys and a winning team.’
“The Heat are interested in him and he’s interested in them,’’ Conley Sr. said. “In Miami’s situation, it just made sense to wait until after the season.’’