According to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhors, former overall no.1 pick and former Trail Blazer Greg Oden is eyeing his comeback to the NBA in the 2013-2014 season. Multiple teams have already expressed interest in offering Oden a multi-year deal and reports say the Mavs are one of the teams who are keeping contact with his agent Mike Conley Jr. The Miami Heat are apparently in the front of the line to acquire his services.
Oden hasn't played a game since 5 December 2010 when he went down after 4 minutes of action in a win against the Rockets. By that point Oden was averaging 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in less than 24 minutes per game in 21 starts. Prior to his last game he recorded a career high of 20 rebounds against Miami, while also adding 13 points and 4 blocks. He was considered one of the best defensive center prospects ever, before suffering a series of knee injuries followed by surgeries with several setbacks.
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The Mavs are in desperate need of a defensive presence in the paint and the way Chandler revitalized his career in Dallas after being considered a major medical risk could help their case in convincing Oden to sign for them. It's still too early for conclusions since many implications are still not clear. Is Oden coming back to join a contending team?; Is he coming back join a team that he thinks might serve as the best trampoline to revitalize his NBA career a la Chandler and never look back?; ...or will money play a significant role as they always do, after all?
It's not rocket science to point out that if "right price" is used as a key word, any team in the league would take a gamble on Oden. A low risk, high reward situation is an ideal situation for every elementary business manager. Anyway, with so many teams interested I don't think this will be the case and I believe the team who will acquire Greg Oden will absorb with him a significant margin of risk of a multi-year deal that won't be that cheap either.