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Blazers' Oden 'progressing' but not approved for contact
Updated 9/13/2010 11:15 PM ET
Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, rehabbing from a broken left kneecap, won't participate in full-contact scrimmages when camp opens Sept. 27.

"We're hopeful he will be cleared for 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills in the next couple of weeks," Blazers general manager Rich Cho said Monday. "He's still rehabbing and progressing well and working extremely hard."

Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, had surgery in December. He has played 82 NBA games in three years because of injuries to both knees, including microfracture surgery on the right one. He was averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season before being sidelined.

Determining how long it will take for Oden to return to top form, if ever, is difficult to project even for an analytical specialist such as Cho.

Before joining the Blazers in the offseason, Cho had studied players who have had microfracture and anterior cruciate ligament surgery during the last 25 years. He considered variables such as age, productivity the previous season and after the injury and even which was the dominant leg for jumping.

"It's just hard to project if a guy has a serious injury," Cho said. "But the more data you can gather and analyze, the more accurate your projection."

Iverson searching: Allen Iverson wants to play basketball so desperately this season, the former NBA scoring champion and MVP is willing to dig his way to China.

"We're waiting to get some firm negotiations going," said Gary Moore, Iverson's manager. "There's just some general interest."

Iverson, 35, started last season with the Memphis Grizzlies but was released after playing three games. He returned to the Philadelphia 76ers, where Iverson spent the first 10-plus seasons of his career, but took a leave of absence in March for family reasons. He has drawn no interest from an NBA team since, according to Moore.

Even though his scoring average dipped to 13.8 points last season, Iverson has remained popular. The 17th-leading scorer in NBA history (24,368 points) still was voted a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team last season.

Iverson held a basketball camp in his hometown of Hampton, Va., in July, then was mostly at home in Atlanta.

"Allen wants to be in the NBA," said Moore, who has known Iverson since he was 8. "For a person who has given as much to the game that A.I. has, it's really sad to see him left out. ... He just wants to be wanted."

Around the hardwood: The Golden State Warriors signed 6-9 free agent forward Lou Amundson, who averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds as a Phoenix Suns reserve last season. ... Michael Reinsdorf, 43, son of Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, is now the club's president and chief operating officer.

Posted 9/13/2010 10:02 PM ET
Updated 9/13/2010 11:15 PM ET
Greg Oden has played in only 82 games since being drafted in 2007. When he has played, he's averaged almost a double-double.
By Rocky Widner, NBAE/Getty Images
Greg Oden has played in only 82 games since being drafted in 2007. When he has played, he's averaged almost a double-double.