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Report: Pelicans consider offering Greg Oden a two-year contract

Jul 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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The free agent tour that Greg Oden is on right now is rivaling the one that Dwight Howard embarked upon once the free agency period began on July 1.

The difference, of course, is that while teams were begging Howard to allow them to give him close to $90 million over four years, Oden is in the market for a minimum deal that will allow him to resume his injury-plagued NBA career in the right situation.

Miami and San Antonio are among the teams taking a long look at Oden, but so is New Orleans. And while the franchise certainly isn’t as glamorous, it may be the one to come up with a multi-year offer that might make it tempting for Oden to consider the Pelicans.

From Steve Kyler at HoopsWorld:

The New Orleans Pelicans’ pursuit of free agent Greg Oden is not an empty gesture. In fact, sources close to the situation say the Pelicans could be offering a two-year deal worth more than $3 million annually to ensure they are the team that lands the former number one overall pick.

Oden has long been pegged to join the Miami HEAT; however multi-year, higher dollar offers have Oden and his camp considering alternate situations.

Again, the sales pitch for Oden going with New Orleans involves the fact that he’d be able to work his way back to the court slowly, with minimal expectations, and out of the national media spotlight.

The extra dollars on the table certainly won’t hurt the Pelicans’ chances, though it remains to be seen exactly where the offers may come in from the other interested parties.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Is it a risk? Sure it is. But a team like the Pelicans needs to take a bit more risk than teams like the Spurs and the Heat.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Just looked at their roster in HoopsHype 9 players locked up for 61 million (including Evans).

    That having been said, why not.

  3. adoombray - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Brandon Roy collected 10 million last year for 5 games and everyone was absolutely certain that he was done. 3 million a year for Greg Oden is nothing

  4. 3 Finger Lenny - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Olden loves the white girls

    • whereyaat - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Olden Polynice is a Haitian former professional basketball player. He played center for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. This article is about Greg Oden, not Olden. Thank you for playing.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        I think he meant to do that as a dig to the apparent difference to age on birth certificate and the age he looks.

        But good comeback none the less.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Can’t spell & a racist. You have many fine qualities.

  5. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    He should chase the money just to be safe.. $3 mill a year for 2 years… At his young age… Play really well for 2 seasons and come back w a huge contract.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      “Play really well” ain’t gonna happen.

  6. Sports King of this world - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    What happened? I thought Davis was the next big thing

  7. johnnybooker - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    This guy (from my home city) needs to BEG the Suns to sign him and let that medical staff revive those knees!!!

  8. scratchnsniffnblog - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    New Orleans would be good for Oden. The closer he can be to Dr. James Andrews in Alabama, the better.

    Stay healthy, big guy.

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