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Report: Greg Oden draws interest from Heat, Spurs, Cavaliers, Celtics, Mavericks, Kings, Pacers and Grizzlies

Jul 1, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

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When are teams interested in signing someone who hasn’t played in four years?

When it’s Greg Oden, who posted 16.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes when he last played in 2009. Even though it’s such an extreme long shot he even approaches that level of production agagin, Oden, the former No. 1 pick, remains a tantalizing player.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Oden, 25,has received interest from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, league sources said.

Any team looking to contend must have a big man who can match up with Roy Hibbert and Dwight Howard. The Heat nearly learned that the hard way, as Hibbert’s Pacers pushed Miami to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Oden, with his injury risk, can’t reliably fill that role.

But for a team not ready to contend or one that already has a dependable big man, Oden might be able to help in that area – plus he comes with incredible upside.

  1. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I know Miami needs a big man, but im really reluctant on my team signing a guy who has just gont through his SEVENTH knee surgery..

    This kid might tear his acl getting out of the bed in the morning..still wish him the best, but from a distance

    • dls612 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Was that suppose to pass as a compliment? I think it would be a low risk his minutes would be very limited behind bosh, birdman which is good as to where he can still recover

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      True, HEAT need to get a big body, maybe Jermaine O’Neal makes sense over Oden.

      Hasheem Thatbeet might be a guy they could somehow steal from Thunder.

  2. readysethike - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    suprisingly i don’t see Phoenix on that list, they seem to give old big men the fountain of youth down there. wasn’t he slated to sign with Cleveland once the free agency started. hopefully his comeback is better then Roy’s.

  3. sportsnut101 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Why why unless it’s for min amount he can’t last

    I love the per 36 min stat. Problem is its 36 min total he has played in league what a joke of a stat lmao

  4. apkyletexas - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The Spurs already have a center with no ACL in either knee – DeJuan Blair. And the guy is a beast (when Pop lets him play). Maybe they’ll take a flier on a guy in Greg Oden who has big-time cartilage problems.

  5. tylerhartling1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    sixers need to sign him for a 1 year deal. #winlessforwiggins

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Oh sure. They need another big guy with bad knees.

  6. stephenolszewski - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes down to Miami where he can get all the open dunks and be a contributor on defense. That’s all off the bench of course, you’d have Pat Riley and LeBron more than likely trying to get him there.

  7. hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    How the hell is Oden gonna help a contending team stop Roy Hibbert or Dwight Howard? He played in like two games & has no knees.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Yes, but his third knee is having no troubles whatsoever.

    • bkoz1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Excellent work ’72. Funny stuff.

  9. jjthesportsguy - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I really do feel bad for Greg Oden. Great player whose body failed him. Regardless of what team it is with, I hope he proves us all wrong and comes back as a solid role player. Wish you the best Oden, even though you beat up my favorite Big Ten team when you were with Ohio State.

    • emosnar - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Body didn’t fail him, trainers and poor advice did. Looks like he might be on the right track.

      #freealltallpeoplewithskinnylegs

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Regardless of how he became so injury prone, I hope he gets a shot to play some limited minutes in the NBA in a defensive shot blocker role off the bench.

  10. longtallsam - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Anyone who believes he is just 25 years old, has been smoking too much wacky weed! Must be at least 35.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      my great grandpa has better knees then this guy, he will fall down like humpty dumpty.

    • Alex K - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Becuase Buffalo, NY is where people go to get fake birth certificates?

  11. telergy - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    you’d think GMs have learned from the Brandon Roy failed return. this is literally lighting millions on fire.

    • kinggw - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      You’d think people would realize that Roy and Oden have completely different knee problems. Oden’s injury is on par with that of Shawn Livingston, who had a catastrophic freak injury. That’s what Oden had.

      Brandon Roy has degenerative knees with no cartilage. They are bone on bone. Oden doesnt have that problem. Seeing as how Livingston overcame his injuries and is a solid role player, why wouldnt teams give Oden a shot.

  12. alexxbee - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    The Suns should pursue this guy!!! They have by far THE BEST medical staff in the league!! they kept nash healthy (injured most of this season), grant hill (1 year after he left phoenix he retires) SHAQ, michael redd, and now jermaine o neal!!! ITS NP BRAINER THAT THE SUNS SHOULD SIGN THIS GUY!!!

  13. jason9696 - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    He’s only 25? He looks close to 50 in the above picture.

  14. kungfubowler - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    He looks like a skinny Shaq in that pic.

  15. 00maltliquor - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    All those teams….why?

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