Report: Spurs ‘co-favorites’ as Oden nears decision
Posted on July 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm by Dan McCarney in featured, Greg Oden, Spurs
The Spurs are reportedly co-favorites to serve as the launching pad for Greg Oden's comeback.
Apparent Spurs target Greg Oden will host three teams this week as he nears a decision about where he’ll attempt to restart his injury-plagued career, according to ESPN.com.
The site reports that representatives from Miami, New Orleans and Sacramento will be on hand to watch Oden work out in person. The Spurs and Dallas had face-to-face meetings with Oden last week, ESPN reported. San Antonio and the Heat are characterized by a source as co-favorites to sign the top pick of the 2007 draft.
A variety of injuries limited Oden, 25, to just 82 games in five seasons before Portland waived him in March 2012. He averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in those contests with a 19.5 Player Efficiency Rating. His single season at Ohio State was also limited by a wrist injury.
His known surgical work includes three microfracture procedures (two left, one right), athroscopy on his right knee and a fractured left patella. He also reportedly needed injections in both knees last spring.
Not surprisingly, Oden hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 2009. He also told of his struggles with depression and alcohol during his stint in Portland in an interview not long after his release.
It’s impossible to know what Oden is capable of after struggling through so many issues. Recent Spurs draft pick Deshaun Thomas described him in May as looking “unbelievable” in informal workouts, but he didn’t elaborate on any basketball-specific work.