Injuries have derailed Greg Oden‘s NBA career, but the 2007 No. 1 overall pick isn’t done playing basketball just yet, as he’s headed over to China to play for the Jiangsu Dragons. The team’s general manager announced the deal, which is for one year, $1.2 million, according to RealGM.
Oden, 27, last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season with the Miami Heat, even appearing at the end of two NBA Finals games in garbage time. The Heat didn’t bring him back thanks in part to an arrest on multiple domestic violence charges, and in February he reached a plea deal on those charges.
Oden has played just 105 NBA games thanks to his extensive injury history, with 82 of those coming with the Portland Trail Blazers, the team that drafted him over Kevin Durant. He’s undergone multiple microfracture surgeries and has had other problems as well. He has career averages of 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds.
While Oden almost certainly won’t ever be an impact player in the NBA, you have to give him credit for working hard and sticking with basketball despite everything that’s happened. He could easily just retire, but he wants to prove that he can still play.