Once upon a time, Greg Oden was supposed to become a dominant force in the NBA. Now, he’s reportedly headed to China to try extending his pro basketball career.
Oden was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Ohio State by the Portland Trail Blazers. At 7 feet and 250 pounds, yet agile around the basket, Oden drew comparisons to Shaquille O’Neal.
But his career has been derailed by knee injuries. He has played 105 games — just more than a full season’s worth — in parts of three seasons. Oden last played in the NBA during 2013-14 for the Miami Heat, appearing in 23 games. Since then, he also has had legal problems, facing domestic violence charges that were resolved with a plea agreement in February.
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Now, Real GM reported, Oden will play for the Jiangsu Dragons with a one-year, $1.2 million contract. He’s still only 27.