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Oden to meet with Kings, Mavericks, Pelicans

Jul 15, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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Smart money says Greg Oden signs with either the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat.

But he’s not going to limit his options and talk to other teams, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Free-agent center Greg Oden will be in Las Vegas this week for face-to-face meetings with officials from the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, according to sources with knowledge of Oden’s plans.

The question for Oden is what size and length of contract he can get, after all he has had three microfracture surgeries and hasn’t played in the league since 2009. For example, the Heat can only give him the league minimum, and they would be hesitant to give a guy with Oden’s history of knee issues multiple years. They will try to make up for that by offering a defined role and a chance to win a ring.

However, the Kings, Pelicans and Mavericks can all give a little money if they choose.

The Cavaliers had been considered front-runners but filled their “big man with risky knees” roster spot when they reached a deal with Andrew Bynum.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    It’s funny because those 3 teams seem like the three most dysfunctional teams in the NBA right now. Pelicans just overpaid Tyreke Evans for no reason, Kings have been a mess for a long time and the Mavericks are just now joining the dysfunction club by striking out on all the big free agents and settling on Monta Ellis instead.

    • jackntorres - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Most dysfunctional teams…


      and yeah you are right about the Kings.

      • blitzinc43 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM


      • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM


    • phillylawhopeful - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Evans got overpaid? A kid hitting 16/5/4 on 30 minutes a game should be making $11 million. He’s not making All-Star money. He’s making #2 or (really good) #3 money.

      • anhdazman - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Evans was part of the problem in Sacramento. He never helped his team to any wins, he just padded his stats. Evans has been a bust in the NBA since his rookie year. As of right now, he is not a team player and has no idea what it takes to help his team win. He definitely need a change.

    • uptjeff - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Pelicans dysfunctional? You have no clue.

  2. jackntorres - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Pelicans are on the rise. Definitely better than Mavs and Kings.

    Davis, Holiday, Evans, Gordon, Anderson, Rivers…

    Smart money does still go with the Heat or Spurs.

  3. miamatt - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Technically, the Heat could still offer all or part of their taxpayer’s mid-level exception, though I agree with the sentiment that they are likely only interested in Oden at the minimum. If he is healthy enough to play 15 minutes a night, Miami can sell him on being able to play a prominent role on a team with an opportunity to win a championship, possibly setting himself up for a bigger future payday in the process.

    Still, given the fact that Oden is far from certain to even make it through the year, I imagine he takes whatever offer guarantees him the most money; this could be his last chance. Should Oden still be sitting out there in August, his chances of ending up in Miami increase.

  4. jimsjam33 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Is Greg Oden a big risk at a million and a half a season guaranteed ? Before you answer consider this . Nerlen Noel was just drafted and is expected to save the Philadelphia 76er franchise from doom and gloom after the Andrew Bynum fiasco . You see 7 footers tend to have knee problems , back problems , foot problems , headaches , and anything else you can think of . Their bodies have been torqued , twisted and tied during their teenage years and now their bones just want to settle in .
    We think about Kareem , Russell , Chamberlain , Howard , Gasol , and think why can’t all seven footers be like these guys ? That brings me back to my question . Is Greg Oden a big risk ? I think not . I think he is the most attractive and potentially the most lethal big man in basketball . I say his bones are ready and whoever signs him will reap the bonanza . The Clippers have a spot open to back up Jordan and Griffin . They went with Turiaf last year . So , that being said , Oden is no risk . pay him what he wants and let him show off his stuff . What a grab bag for one lucky team .

  5. telergy - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    money talks

  6. fanofthegame79 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I’m not getting this… If Oden signs with the Spurs, he’d be 3 deep in the rotation behind Duncan and Splitter. On the Heat, he could be the legit back up to Bosh and if he was healthy enough, they could even play around with him in the starting line up (With Bosh at power forward). Not to mention, the Heat are back-to-back champions and they just beat the Spurs. If I were Oden, this would be a no-brainer for me: I’d be taking my talents to South Beach to see if I could be part of a championship.

    • spursareold - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Miami plays HUGE chunks of small ball, so the ONLY minutes available would be behind Bosh. He’d be getting Splitter’s backup minutes and Duncans in SA if he’s healthy, since the Spurs only play sporadic small ball.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        I hear what you’re saying. But my pitch to Oden would be: “You saw that we won the Championship back-to-back…but we struggled with bigger teams like the Pacers and Spurs. You, Greg, can be the difference maker. Remember when Ray Allen hit that 3 in game 6 of the Finals – you’ll have a moment like that for us, too.”

      • miamatt - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        You are correct that Miami plays lots of small ball. But more than anything, they are committed to playing their best players, regardless of position. If they had better options to go big, they would undoubtedly do it more often. Also, keep in mind that both Bosh and Haslem were in the starting lineup practically the entire year. With Haslem well past 30 and the Birdman at 35, there is little doubt that there are minutes to be had if Oden shows he can be effective.

      • borderline1988 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        It’s not all about that..more about which organization he likes better and which one pays better. A healthy Oden would get minutes on almost any NBA team.

        Anyways, the chances that Oden can become an effective NBA player is little more than remote. This guy disappointed for what, 6 years straight? Every time he has another injury, it gets even harder to come back.

        Straight up, what odds would you give Oden staying healthy enough to become a rotation player over the course of even one season?


    • anhdazman - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      He needs to be 3 deep because he’s not going to handle more than 10-15 minutes of playing time per game.

      Like his former team mate in Portland, he’s going to realize his knees aren’t able to take the punishment of the NBA and collect his final check this next season.

    • dmac1014 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Not completely true. The Spurs play Duncan and Splitter together, and Duncan was at his best when he and Robinson played together. Even with only a couple years left, Duncan could be a monster if Oden were healthy, productive, and bought into the system.

  7. packfaninca - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    The kings have an entire new ownership group, front office, and coaching staff. This isn’t the dysfunctional Kings of the past decade.

  8. gpatrick15 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    If I’m oden or his agent, I’m doing whatever it takes to land in Phoenix. Forget about chasing a ring, this guy should be all about chasing good health right now.

  9. daddyghi - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    i would scratch out dallas on the list. They didnt offer bynum anything, what more if its oden. But i like to see Oden get back in the court again. i feel sorry for the guy. he deserves a second chance.

  10. 1historian - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Good luck to you GO – you’ve earned it

  11. gogatorsjohn - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    As fans some of us would like if Oden went to Miami to see the potential but from his perspective this could be his last run so he may just cash in. And the Magic have new GM/Coach lets not call them dysfunctional yet. Drafting Oladipo was a start in the right direction.

  12. dezglobal - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Wherever he goes I really hope he remains healthy and has a wonderful career. Former number 1 pic for crying out loud. We’ve seen enough busts, I hope we can see why he was chosen so high

  13. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Just want to remind everybody that Oden has played exactly 82 games since 2007. 1/6th of possible. He’ll never play in the NBA again; I’d bet on it.

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