When the 2007 NBA Draft came around, there was legitimate debate over who the Portland Trailblazers would take first overall, Ohio State center Greg Oden or Texas forward Kevin Durant. As NBA fans know, they went with Oden, Durant was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics (at the time, now the Oklahoma City Thunder) second overall and the rest is history as Durant has become one of the league’s top scorers.
Oden has played just 82 games over five seasons, and none since December of 2009, as multiple knee issues have plagued him. The Trailblazers finally waived him after this past season, prompting him to say he had no interest in making a comeback for the 2012-2013 season. But more recent news suggests Oden is interested in playing next season and his agent said seven teams have called to show interest. In those 82 games over two seasons of action, Oden has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game, so if his knees are healthy enough he may have something to offer as a presence around the basket.
There is some speculation the Minnesota Timberwolves are among the interested teams, and they can offer him a role as backup to center Nikola Pekovic. Oden would certainly not be counted on as a starter or for significant stretches of minutes, and the Timberwolves would not need him to do that if Pekovic continues to build on his breakout 2011-2012 campaign. So a fit seems to be there, and Oden is not in a position to command much in terms of guaranteed money from any team that has real interest in bringing him aboard.