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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  21 responses

Greg Oden Reportedly Working Out for Three Teams


The Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat will all put free agent center Greg Oden through a series of workouts this week, as the big man looks for a way back into the NBA. Per ESPN: “Sources say that the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks — which had face-to-face meetings with Oden last week — also remain in contention for the 7-footer’s services. But the Heat and Spurs established themselves as the front-runners to land Oden last month and, according to one source close to the process, remain the co-favorites to sign him. [...] The pursuit of Oden was accelerated last week in Las Vegas when the 25-year-old sat down with representatives from the Mavericks and Kings. A scheduled meeting with the Pelicans in Las Vegas, sources said, was in the process of being rescheduled for this week. Oden has played just 82 career games in the NBA after being selected by Portland with the top overall pick in the 2007 draft. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009, due to numerous knee problems and underwent his third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012. Miami has actually been considered a leading contender for Oden for months after Heat president Pat Riley hosted him for a two-day visit earlier this year. That was even before Oden’s comeback, through workouts back home in Indianapolis or at Ohio State, progressed to the serious stage it has reached now. The Mavericks, sources say, continue to try to press for Oden even after last week’s signing of Samuel Dalembert. The Mavs have pitched Dallas — under the auspices of longtime Team USA trainer Casey Smith — as the ideal launching pad for his comeback. The Pelicans, sources said, are building their pitch around the fact going to New Orleans would enable Oden to make his comeback far away from the media glare and with no immediate pressure as he tries again to bounce back from the knee issues that have plagued him since college.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    prediction: 5 and 4, 16 minutes a game, 54 games played

  • Anthony

    The lack of paragraphs is almost making me think they are copying and pasting!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Depends on which team I think.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, that prediction was based on absolutely nothing but my un-educated guess

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Well you might be spot on. Only time will tell. I really would like to see him in Miami. I think he could benefit from the leadership and his limited minutes will hopefully translate to less likely chance of getting injured again. Only downfall to that is Miami will probably 3peat lol

  • Guest

    No respect for Oden if he signs with Miami.

  • CODISSEY DA LARSINY

    look if joins pelicans, he will really would see minutes. the only reason most teams are now after oden is because they don’t the Miami HEAT with him to improve on the weakness. Pelicans, spurs, kings,& Mavs really dont need him or really want Oden. All these teams already have at least 3 centers on each team. before Miami had interest in Oden, He didnt even cross their minds and he wasnt even mentioned. All of a sudden they hear and see miami heat trying to make move, every other team follow and dont get me wrong, its ok these teams are courting Greg Oden and all but for the wrongs reasons. Now Miami * Pat Riley really do need him.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Miami has proven that they don’t really need Oden. They are arguably the best small ball team in NBA history. Couple that with the signing of Birdamn and the need for Oden becomes minimal. Of course they’d love to have him but I doubt they’ll be in trouble if they don’t.

  • CODISSEY DA LARSINY

    GREG ODEN HAS PROBABLY ALREADY CHOSEN THE TEAM HE WANTS TO SIGN WITH! & LETS NOT FORGET PAT RILEY ALLOWED ODEN TO GO EXPLORE HIS OPTIONS AFTER MEETING WITH HEAT FOR 2DAYS. PAT RILEY ALREADY MADE HIS PITCH TO ODEN & PLANNED THIS OUT. HE COULD’VE BEEN SIGNED ODEN THEN BUT RILEY IS A FAIR MAN. & THERE IS AN UPSIDE. THEY BOTH BENEFIT.. ODEN HAS NOW PROBABLY LOST A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WEIGHT, 200 percent HEALTHY & BURN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BODY FAT FOR THE HEATS TRAING CAMP BODY CONDITIONS.

  • CODISSEY DA LARSINY

    GREG ODEN HAS PROBABLY ALREADY CHOSEN THE TEAM HE WANTS TO SIGN WITH! & LETS NOT FORGET PAT RILEY ALLOWED ODEN TO GO EXPLORE HIS OPTIONS AFTER MEETING WITH HEAT FOR 2DAYS. PAT RILEY ALREADY MADE HIS PITCH TO ODEN & PLANNED THIS OUT. HE COULD’VE BEEN SIGNED ODEN THEN BUT RILEY IS A FAIR MAN. & THERE IS AN UPSIDE. THEY BOTH BENEFIT.. ODEN HAS NOW PROBABLY LOST A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WEIGHT, 200 percent HEALTHY & BURN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BODY FAT FOR THE HEATS TRAING CAMP BODY CONDITIONS. RILEY ALREADY HAS HIS MARK & RIGHTS TO ODEN”S NEW CONTRACT!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea the pitch Riley had for Oden probably went like this…

  • FaFaFooHi

    San Antonio if he’s serious about getting his game back.

  • Basketball Coach

    well if they do get Oden, defense inside the paint would be easier for the Heat, that’s what they’re after i think.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed. I’m just saying if they don’t snag him I think they’ll be ok with that.

  • bike

    Pacers gave them a scare a few times in their series. Another solid interior presence that trades minutes with Anderson would seem to go a long way to helping them out against the likes of Hibbert.

  • bike

    I’m curious to know what the status of his knees are right now. Is he completely healed and considered good to go or is he still in rehab mode for now?

  • robb

    I really hope he can make a successful return and stay healthy. The guy hasn’t given up and he’s worked so hard. All the best wishes to Greg.

  • RayJr

    At first glance I read “Greg Oden Reportedly Out for Three Weeks” and thought damn already lol

  • LakeShow

    It would be so cool if he was the best center in the L in a year or three haha.

    More than a pipe dream, but it would be awesome.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    No doubt it’ll help I just don’t think they’ll be all that devestated if he doesn’t sign.

  • Max

    8 and 8 with a block and a half, 20 minutes a game, 12 games played.

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