After making a promising debut in China, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has suffered a hand injury expected to sideline him at least three weeks, according to NBA sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that Oden remains hopeful about getting back on the floor within a month after ringing up 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first preseason game with the Jiangsu Dragons.
Last seen in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 2014, , Oden suffered the injury in a subsequent exhibition game and was spotted as a courtside spectator this weekend with his right hand noticeably wrapped.
Yet Oden, who turns 28 in January, will undoubtedly take comfort from the fact that the latest in a string of health setbacks is unrelated to the longstanding knee problems that derailed his NBA career after Portland took him No. 1 overall in 2007.
The belief leaguewide that teams can never have enough rim protection would suggest Oden is likely to get that shot if he can assemble a productive season in China.
Oden signed with the Dragons for a reported one-year deal worth $1.2 million.