The Los Angeles Clippers will work out free agent big men Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum and Andray Blatche this week in an attempt to find a backup center.
Oden and Bynum share similar circumstances. Both returned to the court last season after recovering from significant injuries, but neither made significant contributions to their teams.
Oden missed three straight seasons due to multiple knee surgeries before the Miami Heat signed him prior to the 2013-14 last season. The team's hope was Oden would be able to progress to the point where he'd help match up against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the playoffs, but Oden never reached prime playing condition. He appeared in just 23 games, scoring 67 points and grabbing 54 rebounds.
After he was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers, Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season, also due to knee problems. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers before last season but eventually forced his way out of town, leading to a trade with the Chicago Bulls, who promptly released him.
Bynum signed with the Pacers in February but played just two games with the team.
Blatche played for the Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons, averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 2013-14. The team, facing a bloated salary cap, elected to let him walk in free agency.
- Ben Estes