NBA career derailed by injury, Greg Oden signs to play in China

Greg Oden is headed to China.    (USATSI)
Greg Oden is headed to China. (USATSI)

When Greg Oden signed with the Heat back in 2013 in his first real comeback from the constant knee injuries that robbed him of what looked like an All-Star career, it seemed like maybe it was the start of his road to at least being an NBA journeyman. Despite all the knee problems and reports of depression that came with them, Oden had an opportunity on a team that badly needed size to build himself into a niche. Unfortunately, he didn't last with the Heat, and now his career is continuing ... in China. 

The Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association officially announced this week that they had signed the 27-year-old center to a contract. (For translation on the deal, see Real GM here.)

It's good that Oden's at least able to find a situation where he can continue to play, and perhaps this is the point where his health turns around and he can make the most of his considerable talent. Oden reached a plea deal on multiple domestic violence charges in February which contributed to his inability to find a landing spot last year in the NBA.

And here's a reminder of what might have been: 

HT: HoopsRumors

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