Cavs eyeing former top pick Greg Oden in possible NBA return
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested to tap the service of former first overall draft pick Greg Oden, a source close to situation reported Thursday.
The Cavaliers, who are aggressively looking for a big man following the season-ending surgery to Anderson Varejao, could give Oden a shot at playing in the NBA again after his career spiraled down because of several knee injuries.
The Cavaliers are reportedly doing careful steps in evaluating the current health status of Oden, who’s still undergoing rehabilitation after his third microfracture surgery.
Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and showed potential of a perennial All-Star during his tenure in Portland, but the Blazers eventually decided to part ways with the former Ohio State star and his ailing knee.
According to source, the Cavs are not alone in the pursuit for Oden as the Miami Heat also have interest in the 25-year-old center either this season or before 2013-2014 campaign. The Boston Celtics also expressed interest, but sources disclosed that it could be the Cavs or Heat for Oden.
Despite the latest offers, Oden said he remains focused on his rehabilitation.
“Right now, I’m not worrying about where,” he said. “I’m only worried about my knee,” Oden told ESPN.