Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  29 responses

Greg Oden to Meet With Mavs, Kings and Pelicans

Free agent center Greg Oden will take meetings with officials from the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans this week in Las Vegas. Per ESPN: “The sitdown with Mavericks officials, sources said, is scheduled for later Monday, as Dallas pushes to join the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat at the forefront of the race to resurrect the career of 2007′s No. 1 overall pick. Oden, 25, has battled numerous knee injuries and hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. He is coming off his third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012. He was the top overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State, chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers one spot ahead of Kevin Durant. [...] Heat president Pat Riley recently told local reporters that he’s had an extended exchange with Oden already.”

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  • i_ball

    If I was him I would go to Phoenix for the minimum just to try to get some games.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Phoenix just drafted Len. How many injured young centers does one team need?

  • RKJ92

    I wanna hear people’s opinion on WHICH team they think Oden will sign with, what the LIKELYHOOD of what they think it coming true is (give me a %), and what you think his averages will be his first season back from his injury just for fun! :)

  • RKJ92

    To add I think it’s 60% he joins the Heat, a team desperate for a quality big and i’m sure with his knee’s he would love to win a championship before he can’t play anymore, and I think his average when he comes back will be around 12.6ppg on 59% shooting, 9.4rpg, 1apg, 1spg, 2.3bpg — feel free to chime in.

  • Raheem Shabazz

    Wow you have him averaging some impressive numbers. I don’t think he will come close to those numbers.

  • underdog

    He’ll join to the highest bidder, for the same reason you’ve mentioned – because he wants to have more money before he can’t play anymore.

  • Shifty

    I think 9.1 ppg, 51% shooting, 7 rpg 0.5 apg and 0.5 spg and 1.5 bpg. You think a guy that has played what? one whole season over the last 5 years to average a almost double double? I don’t know, those numbers seem a bit inflated, but you know, each to their own. I don’t have a clue who he will sign him, i would say Dallas has a decent shot but the sway of a championship may pull him to the heat..

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    - Pelicans have Stiemsma and Withey, which means Oden would probaly be expected to play big minutes and eventually start

    - Mavs have Dalembert, Brandan Wright, and Bernard James, so expectations would be similar to the Pelicans

    - Kings have Cousins and Aldrich, so he definitely wouldn’t be getting starter’s minutes, which may not be a bad thing.

    Miami – He’d be playing behind Bosh and would be competing for minutes with Birdman ane Joel Anthony. I think this would be the best fit for him because he would have a chance to prove his worth on a team that probably gets the most exposure, without having the unreasonable expectations of being a franchise’s starting center who’s expected to grind out 35 minutes a game.

    I can see him averaging 7/5/1 playing 15mpg on the Heat, which is impressive considering he’d be putting up these numbers for a perennial contender.

  • Shifty

    That is on 20 minutes a night which now thinking may be too many minutes,

  • Dolomite

    How bad will it be when Greg Oden turns you down??

  • danpowers

    (figures behind the points? really? come on)

    but yeah, just for the fun of it

    20% mavs – 7 / 7 / 2 wright plays quite efficient and is a high energy guy with one more year of experience under his belt – could see more minutes next season. i still think oden could average smth around 2 bpg over there as dallas has the worst starting backcourt on defense which should provide him with many guards driving to the rim and get quite somce chances for putbacks due to monta ellis inefficient scoring and nowitzkis outside game. if he is able to stay healthy there he could actually be the final piece to turn the mavs to having a sure sot at the playoffs.

    20% pelicans – 5 / 8 / 1 its an interesting young squad that could make the playoffs and be good for one or two positive suprises if davis stays healthy. on paper they look pretty good except that they yet have to replace lopez. so oden would make perfect sense for them while he would be on an exciting team.

    20% spurs 4 / 7 / 1 – why not join the best organized franchise in recent sports history just for the fun of it? he may not play that many minutes given that duncan is still alive and splitter just got an overblown contract, but learn more basketball wise than anywhere else.

    0% kings – / – / – he has had a rough stretch during the last years so why should he do that to himself?

    40% heat 5 / 5 / 1 that would be more or less a guaranteed championship ring so why not? with bosh and anderson on the roster he’d most likely see not too many minutes during the regular season but come playoff time when teams like the pacers or bulls force the heat to go big he could see more minutes on the broadest stages to raise his stock for the next contract IF he stays healthy.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    FWIW, they do have a history of bringing injury prone players ‘back.’ But yes, they already have Gortat and Len.

  • TR

    If I were him I’d join the Heat and I say he puts up 4 points and 5 boards. maybe a block.

  • RayJr

    Who do you guys think plays more next season? Oden or Bynum?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Len’s injury is very minor. And will not cost him any playing time.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ^ still doesn’t understand why Oden is not sleeping on a cot outside of Aaron Nelson’s office.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s a great question. i will have to say bynum only because i know he has incentives in his contract and will lose 6 million this season if he doesn’t play enough games

  • bike

    It’s hard to believe he’s only 25. Seems like he’s been around forever injured, rehabbing, and looking 54 years old. I hope he can find a niche and stay healthy for a while.

  • RLW

    The Pelicans would be a really good fit, but Miami needs him the most.

  • Dev

    I think he’s secretly Lebron’s older brother and he’ll sign with the Heat so they can finally be reunited lol

  • RipCity

    he doesn’t have any knee cartilage. its the same problem brandon roy had. oden has a better chance for a comeback at this point

  • Lloyd

    At this point dude has to follow the money. He doesn’t know how long teams will continue to pursue him to offer him a job. Chasing a ring with the Heat and the Spurs should be less important, because that just solidifies legacy and Oden has no substantial one. Get that money while you still can!

  • RKJ92

    Sorry I just got to this now, it’s been a long day.. but Dan the numbers were for fun! there was no method behind it, just clowning around for the hell of it, not a serious guess more a hopeful one :)

  • RKJ92

    Thanks for the input btw!

  • RKJ92

    It was a fun guess, not a serious one lmao just what I would PERSONALLY like to see him average if given the minutes, not what I think he will average xD

  • RKJ92

    Cool! thx, always fun to hear what other people think I appreciate it :)

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hey NBK…. Do you see Alex Len being better than Robin Lopez was for the Suns?

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes definitely. Alex Len was #1 on PHX’s draft board. They tried to trade all the way up to #1 just for him. And i trust McDonough’s ability to scout players.