Report: Greg Oden May Join Old Friend Mike Conley Jr. in Memphis

By 11W Staff on May 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm
The Memphis Grizzlies reportedly have interest in former Ohio State star Greg Oden.
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According to a report from RealGM's Shams Charania, the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in NBA free agent and former Ohio State star Greg Oden:

The Memphis Grizzlies have explored center Greg Oden, expressing interest in the recent past with a workout in the spring. The Grizzlies will potentially bring in the former No. 1 overall NBA pick to a free-agent camp in June, league sources told RealGM.

Oden put up 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during his one season in Columbus, where he led Ohio State to the NCAA Championship game and was named First Team Associated Press All-American, just the third freshman to be so honored at the time.

He was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA draft, but suffered a knee injury in September of that year, missing his rookie season. Since then, a series of other injuries have limited his play to just 105 regular season games, including 23 for the Miami heat in 2013-14.

Oden played high school, AAU and college ball with current Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr., and would no doubt feel at home playing alongside his old friend. The Grizzlies also feature another former Buckeye, Kosta Koufos, though Koufos and big Marc Gasol are free agents heading into this offseason.

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