Feb 18, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (20) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers free agent target Greg Oden faces felony charges in assault case

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Greg Oden’s career may be facing a huge turn as the former number one overall pick has been charged with felony battery over a domestic despite between he and his girlfriend.

From ESPN:

Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.

The free-agent center was charged Monday with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The 26-year-old was arrested at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence, Indiana, on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.

Last week it was reported the Clippers held a workout for centers that featured former Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazer big, but with the latest course of events, it’s most likely the Clippers withdraws interest as Oden deals with the justice system.

This is an unfortunate turn for Oden’s career, one that could likely put an end to it. Despite not playing key minutes with the Miami Heat last season, Oden showed progress in regards to health, a factor that forced Oden to miss a handful of time between 2007 and 2012. At most, Oden could fair as a 10-15 minutes per game player for the remainder of his career, bringing a steady defensive presence off the bench. With the Heat he looked a step lower than the competition, but with more reps, that step would’ve caught up with the rest of his competition.

We’re a long time away from the 2007 NBA Draft.

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