pick Derrick Rose, turn the Bulls into a viable Eastern Conference threat?
•Old faces, new places:
In case you've been too busy watching football, listed below are some players that have switched teams:
Elton Brand (76ers); Jermaine O'Neal (Raptors); Baron Davis (Clippers); Ron Artest (Rockets); Richard Jefferson (Bucks); T.J. Ford (Pacers); Mo Williams (Cavaliers); Corey Maggette (Warriors); Mike Miller (T-Wolves); James Posey (Hornets); Marcus Camby (Clippers); Eduardo Najera (Nets).
•Good to go:
Greg Oden's NBA debut with Portland is Oct. 28 against Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. Oden, the No. 1 pick in 2007, missed the entire season with an ACL injury. Oden, who rode a mountain bicycle for 10 days in Hawaii late this summer to test the knee, said he's fully recovered.
Three other high-profile players coming off injuries also are optimistic: Dwayne Wade (Miami) showed in the Olympics his knee is healed. Andrew Bynum (Lakers) expects to be fully recovered from a dislocated kneecap. Yao Ming (Houston) wasn't 100 percent in the Olympics, but his foot injury didn't suffer a setback in China.