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Tomasson: Agent Says Greg Oden Wants To Play In 2012-13

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Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com quotes Mike Conley, agent for former Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, saying that his client would like to play during the 2012-13 season. ------------------------------------- "(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited,’’ Conley said Thursday in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. "I think he’s motivated …. He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but he’s backed off from that …. He’s open to playing this season. I think he will play this season.’’ ... Conley, who said the former Ohio State star is committed to regular workouts this summer in Columbus, Ohio, said there’s still no timetable as to what point next season he believes Oden will be able to play. He said seven NBA teams, which he declined to name, have been keeping in regular touch with him, but Conley doesn’t anticipate it will be until the fall before there are any serious negotiations. ------------------------------------- The report surfaces a few days after Oden told Ohio television station ABC6 that basketball was "out of the question" as he recovers from a February microfracture surgery on his left knee, a February arthroscopic procedure on his right knee and March Orthokine treatment on his left knee back in May. Here's Oden's quote. -------------------------------------- "Right now, I'm just trying to get healthy. Basketball right now is kind of out of the question. Just get healthy and I'll worry about that later. Right now, I'm just concentrating on school. I actually have a midterm on Monday. I'm just worried bout that right now. I definitely promised my mom I would get my degree so that's what I'm doing." -------------------------------------- Oden, 24, was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and holds career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He was released by the Blazers back in March. ed: text edited, bumped to front page
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