Former San Antonio Spurs center, Fabricio Oberto, could be on his way back to the NBA, according to several sources.
Oberto is reportedly currently mulling a one-year contract offer by the Chicago Bulls to become Joakim Noah’s primary backup.
Oberto, who is currently playing with Atenas de Cordoba as he prepares for the London Olympics, played for the Spurs from 2005 to 2009 and was part of the Spurs’ 2007 championship squad.
Oberto retired from the NBA due to a heart condition early last season but has talked about a return to the NBA on several occasions and could join the Bulls now that he has been cleared medically.
“The first proposal made by Bulls was for a workout, but the offer was turned down. Bulls want him as backup of Joakim Noah. Now the final decision belongs to Fabricio” said his agent Carlos Prunes.
Oberto confirmed the proposal made by Bulls but added that now he needs to workout to get ready for London 2012. ”I have a very important proposal from Chicago Bulls. But now I am focused to working out and be ready for London 2012. So far, the NBA is a bit far” said Oberto.
While I understand Oberto’s focus on what is likely his last Olympic games, there no better way to prepare than to play in the NBA, and the Bulls could give Oberto a chance at another title.
Oberto would also be a safe gamble for the Spurs, who could use a backup big man with size if Tiago Splitter ever moves up to the starting lineup. Duncan paired well with Tim Duncan in his time with the Spurs.
In Oberto, the Bulls would add a player with a high basketball IQ, championship experience and some much-needed veteran leadership to the Bulls’ frontcourt.
For a closer look at Oberto, be sure to listen to our interview with Oberto in Spurscast #201.
Update: According to Chicago Now, Oberto’s agent, Herb Rudoy, is denying that there is any truth to the rumor that Oberto and the Bulls are in talks about a contract.