Greg Oden is reportedly attempting a NBA comeback. The former Miami Heat center worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday and will do the same with the Dallas Mavericks this week.
Oden also worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies in the spring, and RealGM.com reports the team will continue to monitor him.
In the spring, Oden returned to his alma mater, Ohio State, to workout. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta told reporters in March that the 7-footer might make another comeback attempt. Matta said Oden, who weighed about 280 pounds at the time, had been doing “high-level training” with Ohio State coaches for the previous six months.
The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Oden struggled with injuries and appeared in only 105 games over three seasons from 2008 to 2014.
In 2013–2014, Oden appeared in 23 games for the Miami Heat, starting six and averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes. Over his injury-ravaged career, he has averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
In February, Oden reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to settle battery charges involving a former girlfriend. He was originally charged with two felony battery counts and two misdemeanor battery counts, but pleaded guilty in December to felony batter with moderate bodily injury and had the other three charges dismissed.
Oden received 909 days of probation, was ordered to stay away from the woman, fined $200 and ordered to compete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling and alcohol counseling.
- Mike Fiammetta