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Report: Greg Oden to put off signing deal until this summer

Feb 19, 2013, 2:18 PM EST

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Greg Oden is taking his time.

When word of his comeback attempt started to pick up steam a lot of teams had some interest. And when a lot of teams have some interest the pressure for them to get a deal done fast increases — we better sign him before somebody grabs him.

But Oden is in no rush, a bit of knowledge dropped by Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports in his power rankings.

Injury-riddled center Greg Oden probably won’t sign with a team until the off-season, his agent Mike Conley told Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers remain the front runners — Oden is taking classes at Ohio State and is back in the area — but a lot of other teams were interested (there was buzz that the Heat pulled out, but if Oden is waiting they can make another run later).

It’s also smart for Oden to wait because if he shows he could be back next season to play 15 minutes a night, a lot of teams will line up with more money.

  1. fanofevilempire - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    sounds like he had a set back, I hope the extra time
    will help him. always came off like a good kid.
    Portland has bad luck.

  2. mpmffc - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    That’s exactly what he should do. There’s no need for him to rush things up and risk further injuries. Take your time big man, make a proper recovery and get back next year fully healthy

  3. Louis Tumblin - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Not sure about Oden if he can come back it’s going to be a slow process. I hope he can make it back and contribute to whomever he signs with.

  4. GT - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I really hope his sad sad story can have a happy ending.

  5. cosanostra71 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    There’s also a risk involved- if he suffers further injury his number of suitors could go from “a few” to “zero”. He is essentially betting on himself to get healthy and not suffer a setback during rehab. With his history is that the safest bet?

    I do want to see him back on the court though. He was a good player with excellent defensive skills and instincts.

  6. Eberwizzle - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Sixers need a center?

  7. pl4tinum514 - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    He should have signed with the Cavs, they have an incredible training facility he could have used all off-season.

  8. miamatt - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    He’s going to sign with Miami this summer. The Heat were not about to waste a roster spot THIS YEAR on somebody who wouldn’t possibly play until NEXT YEAR, and that’s why Oden remains on the market. But they will take a shot in the offseason.

  9. davemeisner - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Total unbiased comment.

    For his own good, he should sign with Phoenix. They have the best training/medical staff in the NBA.
    Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Shaq for example.

  10. a2bailey - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    How old is Oden now, 47?

  11. jcarne9014 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Healthy or not…doesn’t matter. Guy can’t play.

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