The agent for former Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Sr., spoke with CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes about his client's future in the NBA. Conley says that Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick who was waived by Portland in March, does not plan to retire from basketball.
“No he's not retiring. The only way that would happen is if he was forced to and I don't see that happening,” Conley said. “He's dedicated to making sure he's back on the court as soon as possible.”
Oden was drafted first overall by the Blazers in 2007, but repeated knee injuries have limited him to 82 games in five seasons. He has not played since November 2009. Despite being released by Portland last month, Conley did not close the door on an eventual return for Oden:
“There's a possibility. Obviously, that decision is up to the Blazers, but my job as his agent is to find him the best offer out there on the market. Absolutely, no way in the world is the answer no.”
Oden is currently an unrestricted free agent and recovering from his third microfracture surgery in five years. There is no timetable for a potential return to the court.