Injury-riddled Greg Oden could be returning to the NBA this season.
Thats the word from Odens agent, Mike Conley, who got a call earlier this week from Oden. He said his client has changed his tune from wanting to take this season off.
(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited, Conley said Thursday in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. I think hes motivated . He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but hes backed off from that . Hes open to playing this season. I think he will play this season.
Oden, the star-crossed center who was taken No. 1 in the 2007 NBA draft by Portland ahead of No. 2 Kevin Durant, hasnt played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. Out of 394 possible games in his NBA career, hes missed 312.
Oden has had five surgeries on both his knees since entering the NBA, including two surgeries last February, one being his third microfracture procedure. He was waived by the Trail Blazers last March, making him a free agent.