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Report: Cavaliers about to offer Greg Oden multi-year contract

Feb 8, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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Greg Oden wants to give it another go in the NBA and teams were lining up to get him. The Celtics and Spurs were among those with interest, as were the Heat with the lure of all the… let’s say “extracurricular activities” Miami can provide.

But Cleveland was always the front runner to land Oden — after leaving the NBA in 2009 he went back to Ohio, has taken classes at Ohio State, and worked on his comeback. It’s where he is comfortable.

And the Cavaliers had interest — now they are about to make that formal a multi-year offer reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, via Sulia:

The Cavs are expected to offer free agent center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year after the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes, a league source said….

Oden is living nearby in Columbus. His agent, Mike Conley Sr., said last week Oden has been to see the Cavs a couple of times already, but was evasive when pressed as to what capacity.

“Greg has been up there (to Cleveland) before and he’ll probably be up there again in an official capacity,” Conley said Friday.

Nothing happens before the trade deadline because nobody messes with cap space before the deadline. Just in case. But afterward look for Oden to take the offer.

Why do this if you’re Cleveland? Because if Oden can finally get back on the court and give you a solid 15 minutes a night off the bench, he will be a steal. This guy was the No. 1 pick over Kevin Durant for a reason — he could play. In the 82 games he did play, he looked good. If he can get back on the court in a limited role and be solid, well, have you looked around at the state of big men in the NBA? He would have real value.

  1. dabrowns91 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    This could be a great move for the Cavs as they have no legit big man right now. Zeller is unproven and Speights is more of a PF. Not to mention Cleveland has some of the best doctors in the world to keep that knee in tip top shape.

    • ljl2 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      No legit big man or no C? Tristan Thompson has shown the past couple months he is a very legit big man.

      • anthonyjoki - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Yeah I meant to say no legit Center.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      I don’t think he was the better pick at # 1, obviously.
      You don’t think Portland wants that one back

  2. andiroid71 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Don’t do it!!! Unless you make a contract where if he can’t play you don’t have to pay him.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      why are you worried about the money, do you have to pay the bill.

  3. bovice23 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    No real risk for the Cavs. They are an improving, young team with no need to win this year. They can work Oden in nice and easy and Oden won’t have any pressure on him.

    • badintent - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      First he needs to show the GMs he can ball at D-League level. If he can, then throw some $$ at him and his brittle bones.He is a walking MASH unit at best.

  4. mikeybakes - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Doesn’t he know God Hates Cleveland?

    • ljl2 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      does he know God hates his knees?

  5. bobulated - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Don’t do it Greg. And I say this as basketball fan who truly loathes them but IMHO you should take less money to join the Heat. Be in a rotation with Birdman, Anthony or any other space eater they happen to have on the roster where you only have to play 10-20 mins or so a night and get regular games off. Let us see any flashes of greatness you have left while you play for a competitive team and have a chance to be a role player for a champion while playing fewer minutes that take less of a toil on those knees.
    Don’t work in obscurity for a lottery team and end up grinding your damaged knees to dust after a quarter season of 40 minute nights with no end in sight. Just don’t.

    • money2long - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      i will only comment on one thing, although i could more..centers don’t typically play 40 minutes a night..joakim noah plays a lot of minutes and he stands out, but you won’t find too many centers playing 40.

      • bobulated - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        You’re totally right, I think I meant to put 30+ and was just on a roll.

      • money2long - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        haha got u

  6. 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Multi-year contract!?? FOOLS! Better have a 2nd year team option. Then again, naw, go ahead Gilbert…please, shoot yourself in the foot. Go ahead with a 4 yr/22 mil. dollar deal. WITH a no-trade clause.

  7. ihavenonickname - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I think youre talking about the Darko contract!

  8. sportsnut101 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    This has to be a box office scam for fans lol. This guy can’t give u ten games n u want him for two yrs lmao
    I wish he would get healthy but his old man knees not helping

    I would do it for league min non guarrantee contract This guy has to earn it The guys who are on ten day contracts are better then him. But for some reason he’s above that why. There’s no potential because he can’t get on court

    Cavs must like how he dresses in suits on game days. What a joke

  9. jprcox - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Why did that happen to the Blazers? In a lot of ways I feel he still owes them, but I guess this has passed. I just think that for the Blazers who banked their future on this guy, paid him, and now he is going to be able to sign with his hometown team doesn’t seem too fair.

    • ljl2 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      The Cavs moved to Buffalo? or even where he went to high school in Indiana? Oh…you thought living in Columbus, where he spent 1 year of college, makes Cleveland his hometown team.

  10. cosanostra71 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I hope he’s able to stay healthy and play a few more years. He was a talented player and I hate to see careers cut short by injury.

  11. rajbais - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Does Byron Scott know that he’s on the hot seat???

  12. telergy - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    LOL have NBA GMs not learned anything from Minn (Brandon Roy), …and the 6ers (A.bynum).

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR $ on G.Oden.

    This guy is done. He won’t last 82 games on those knees…its sad but its the truth …let alone 2 seasons. SMH

    • daddyghi - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      why the hate dude? Oden’s situation is different from Roy and Bynum. While Oden’s knees gets injured through accidents, B-roy’s knees has no cartilage at all. And Bynum’s? lets just say that the only rehab that he knows is just running through a treadmill. Give the guy a chance. atleast he’s working and giving a lot of effort to get back in to the league.

  13. stephenolszewski - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    While Greg is a HUGE gamble, it could work,but the second year would be partially guaranteed so they have money for free agency to go after you know who…….

  14. cranespy - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Classy individual….classy organization….classy coach…. here’s hoping one of the truly good guys makes it back enough to give his Ohio fans some memorable moments! I have been a CAVS fans since the days of Bingo Smith Campy Russell Foots Walker and the great Nate Thurmond. Nothing better than listening to Joe Tate on 3 W E a.m. 1100….. All that and Pete Franklin too! Good luck Greg….here’s hoping!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Classy organization? You’re kidding, right?

  15. daddyghi - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Dont do it greg! there’s a reason why a previous #1 pick left that town. Look for a team that’s good in taking care of their players health. You’ve already earned millions and you’re already set for life. Money is not a problem anymore, its your knees that you should be concerned of. Find people that will take care of it!

  16. mj1818 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    All this means is that you know for sure it won’t work out. If he signs anywhere besides Cleveland there is a “chance” it will work.

  17. volcom2143 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    He should goto the heat . Less pressure and better situation . He can give the heat a legit 5 with defense and fill a role . He’s made money already so he should just take league minimum and go learn to play with some champions and try to help them win another ring .

    • sguy2130 - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Why don’t you quit your job and work for McDonald’s for minimum wage? They are the best fast food restaurant in the nation. Only work for the best, who cares about money when you can play with the likes of Chris Bosh.

  18. rajbais - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Byron Scott prove that he was overrated right after Jeff Bower started doing better with the New Orleans Hornets in 2010.

    My goodness. Byron Scott was better for the Nets than Lawrence Frank was, but Byron Scott was better with Jason Kidd than Stephon Marbury (then again anyone Is better without Marbury).

    Although I felt that he kept the Hornets competitive in a really tough Western Conference he did not get the job done in his whole tenure there. He did not have enough advances past the first round and you have to at least do that in order to survive in the Western Conference.

  19. reasonablemindsays - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Don’t do it Greg! Come to Philadelphia, we’ll treat you with kindness and respect here, unlike Portland. We have Spencer Hawes at center, we need some strength on the front line, Greg! SPENCER FREAKING HAWES!!! HELP ODEN PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:09 AM

      What’s wrong with Spencer Hawes? He’s not garbage.

  20. brownsapologist - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    He’s done. Don’t do it. He’ll need micro fracture knee surgery before the ink dries on the contract.

  21. BigBeachBall - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Players are probably going to clear the paint whenever he jumps… who wants to be the guy that ends Oden’s comeback?

  22. mcsuave - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Hope he has success. It takes a lot of fortitude to continue that kind of rehab. He probably was offered low dollars and guarantees. If he stays healthy, he is a gr8 pickup.

  23. mytthor - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Man, a lot of Orthopedists roam the comments on this site. Amazing that they all know what’s going to happen with Oden’s knees.

  24. longtallsam - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Oden has to be a least 40 years old now. No wonder his knees can’t hold up!

  25. 1historian - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Good luck Greg – you’ve had more than your share of bad.

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