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BOSTON (CBS) – Greg Oden is looking to return to the NBA.
The 25-year-old center hasn’t played in the league since 2009, and has already undergone three micro-fracture knee surgeries, but will reportedly choose from five teams — including the rebuilding Boston Celtics.
According to ESPN, Oden is likely to choose from the Celtics, Spurs, Heat, Grizzlies and Cavaliers. The report says the Spurs and Cavaliers are currently the front-runners for the center, who was the first overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.
Oden missed his entire rookie season due to injury, and played just 82 games in his two years with the Blazers — averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Oden last played in the NBA in December 2009, and underwent his third micro-fracture surgery in February 2012. He has reportedly been working out in Columbus and Indianapolis this offseason, and sources told ESPN.com that Oden is optimistic he can return for the 2013-14 season opener.