According to a report by Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, former number one overall pick Greg Oden will not make a decision on where he is going to play until at least July, as he will continue his rehabilitation throughout the remainder of the 2012-13 regular season.
News had been circulating in recent months about Oden possibly signing on with a team immediately, just so he could get accustomed to his new surroundings faster.
It appears now that Greg will do his homework on potential suitors, and make a more informed decision this summer.
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers were rumored to be the two most likely destinations for Oden. Miami is looking for a big man to hold down the paint, and his connection with Ohio State (currently attends the school, took the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA title game) makes the hometown Cavaliers all the more enticing.
Oden has been out of action since December 2009, after undergoing three microfracture surgeries on his knees.
His agent, Mike Conley Sr., believes Greg can come back and be a dominant player in the NBA.
“He’s going to sign somewhere,’’ Conley told the Fox Sports Florida. “He’s going to get healthy and be coming back.’’
Conley added, “I think when he comes back, maybe five or six or seven months after that, he should return to the type of player he should have been. It will take some time to get his conditioning back. I think that when he comes back to playing in the NBA, he will have the ability to be an All-Star.”
In three seasons, Oden has played 82 games, which is the equivalent of just one full season. He has career averages of 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. In his final season with the Blazers, Greg averaged a near double-double of 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
The talent is certainly there, but his bad knees and his inability to stay healthy over a long period of time is ultimately what has kept him out of the league for so long.
There is no need to rush anything. Rehabbing and getting 100% is what is most important. Until he can prove that he is physically capable of playing basketball, the red flags and concerns will continue to hover over him.
Someone will take a chance on him. There is no doubt about it.