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Posted August 15, 2012 - 09:52 AM

Spurs Front Runners For Greg Oden

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Written by Trevor Zickgraf

Size and defense were problems for the San Antonio Spurs before the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Dwight Howard. That trade made it even more important for the Spurs to improve their interior defense, whether that be from guys like Tiago Splitter getting better or from the team picking someone up through trade or free agency. We've heard the name Andray Blatche and there are still guys like Darko Milicic out there. Early Wednesday morning Fox Sports' Sam Amico tweeted another possibility, this one with the biggest boom or bust potential of them all.

"One NBA GM listed three teams he considers frontrunners for Greg Oden (in no order): Spurs, Pacers and Magic. The GM made sure to stress, however, "that's just my best guess." Oden is currently back at Ohio State, working toward a degree in sports and leisure."

There's nothing concrete there. This doesn't mean the Spurs have expressed interest in Oden, it just means that one general manager thinks they'd be a good fit. Perhaps that GM heard that from Oden's agent Mike Conley, Sr. or someone else close to Oden's camp. Considering the other options out there, taking a flier on Oden would be as good a move as possible. He probably wouldn't be very costly and if he doesn't work out then they'll part ways with him and keep their core and chemistry in tact.

Oden has gone on record to say he'd like to play this year, but he's not going to rush back if he's not ready. Smart move by Oden since he thinks this is part of the reason he hasn't been able to stay healthy. While Oden may not be available for several months, perhaps the Spurs should try to sign him soon, get him to San Antonio to continue rehabbing, while getting him accustomed to the Spurs system and culture. San Antonio would also be a great spot for Oden because is their a more out of the spotlight contender than the Spurs? Everyone's got either LA or Oklahoma City penciled in to face Miami in the Finals.

There's a lot of reasons the Spurs should make a run at Greg Oden but there's one big reason why they shouldn't. He's played 82 games over the last four years... total. I still think it's worth the risk.

http://projectspurs....-greg-oden.html


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Posted August 15, 2012 - 09:59 AM

That would be a good spot for him if he can stay healthy.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 01:43 AM

IDK why anyone would want this guy. He is a walking injury.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:14 PM

Nicolas Batum: Greg Oden Planning To Return To NBA Next Season

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Nicolas Batum says yesterday he had dinner w/former #Blazers Greg Oden. Batum says he looks good & is planning a return to NBA next season.


https://twitter.com/ChrisBHaynes/status/276522268010639361

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 08:59 AM

Greg Oden Hopes To Return To NBA This Season

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Someone asked in my Comcast/NBC chat yesterday about Greg Oden and whether he'd ever play again. I'm told by Mike

Conley, his college teammate at Ohio State, that Greg is back in Columbus, taking classes and trying to get into playing shape and that he hopes to be available to hit the free-agent market and join a team before the end of this season. If he can't get his body right by then or there isn't sufficient interest, he intends to take another shot at it next fall. The takeaway: Oden hasn't given up on resuming his -- or, perhaps more accurately, having a -- NBA career.


https://twitter.com/RicBucher/status/289294475870756864

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 09:33 AM

He was one of my fav Center coming into the game. He had a good chance of becoming the best center in the nba, dude was a beast at defense and blocking shots and able to give ya 10-15 points too. Wish him the best of luck trying to get back to the nba.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 10:09 AM

Sources: Heat At The Front Of The Line In Pursuing Greg Oden

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By Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Nearly a year removed from his latest knee surgery, former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has decided to resume his playing career but is not planning to return to the NBA before the 2013-14 season, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that multiple teams have already expressed interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal before the end of this season that would allow him to continue his rehab until he can get back on the court in training camp next fall.

The Miami Heat are at the front of the line in pursuing Oden, two sources said, and have been keeping tabs as he recovers while also taking classes at Ohio State.

Sources say that the Heat, though, are not alone in their pursuit of the former No. 1 overall pick.

The Heat potentially could have two roster spots available this season, one of which Oden could slide into as he continues to rehab. Team president Pat Riley is known to like gambling on long shots, especially when it comes to big men.

One concern for the Heat, though, is they already are committed to more than $80 million in salaries for next season and very likely will have a final payroll coming close to $90 million in a year when the new, more harsh luxury tax kicks in. Oden would potentially be a costly gamble even on a minimum-level contract. The Heat are also currently about $14 million over the luxury-tax line for this season.

Oden had his third microfracture surgery, this one in his left knee, last February. He has not played since Dec. 5, 2009, and appeared in just 82 games with the Portland Trail Blazers as he's suffered a series of knee injuries.

In attempting another comeback, Oden's camp is planning to take a very conservative approach. So the plan is for him to sit out the rest of this season and summer league to make sure he allows himself the best chance of finally getting healthy.

The Heat, who have been on the lookout for a center for three years, were interested in Oden before the start of last season when he was a restricted free agent. But he ended up taking a one-year, $8.9 million deal with the Blazers. After a setback in his recovery, the contract was reduced to $1.5 million and he later had the microfracture procedure.

Oden averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in parts of two seasons in Portland.


http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8832157/greg-oden-former-no-1-overall-pick-plans-resume-playing-career-sources

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Just going to put this out there...if Miami picks him up this summer, and for some crazy reason, he stays healthy...get prepared for a new dynasty. LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Oden and Chalmers...with the shooters they have...will be unstoppable.

Now, there's a huge reason not to believe he'll ever be healthy again, obviously...but if it happens, that team will be scary good, because Greg Oden is a one-man defensive wrecking crew nearly on the level of a healthy Dwight Howard.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 11:56 AM

hopefully his knees are better. He deserves at least one shot at a full season to see if he can play and contribute .
The Lakers FO knows more than you. Sorry.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 12:05 PM

hopefully his knees are better. He deserves at least one shot at a full season to see if he can play and contribute .


Yeah, regardless of where he lands...I hope his knees hold up, not necessarily his team winning it all or anything...but Oden has been my favorite center for years, even over Dwight. At full health, his name would be mentioned with Dwight, Ben Wallace, Patrick Ewing, and many other elite defensive centers over the years...fully convinced of that.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 03:08 PM

He always had a problem with getting in foul trouble too much though ala Dwight to some extent as well.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 09:27 AM

Agent: Greg Oden May Soon Sign With NBA Team For Rehab Purposes

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By Chris Tomasson
January 10, 2013

The agent for center Greg Oden said Thursday he's "100 percent" certain his often-injured client will be back playing in the NBA next season. But he said rumors of Oden ending up with the Miami Heat this season in order to rehab are "extreme."

With Miami playing at Portland on Thursday, there has been speculation the Heat, who can open up a roster spot, could soon sign the 2007 No. 1 draft pick. He then would be under the care of their doctors while preparing to play for next season.

Mike Conley, the agent for Oden, said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida it is an option Oden could sign with an NBA team this season for rehab purposes. But he said he has heard nothing from the Heat since Oden was waived by Portland last March.

"Greg Oden will be playing in the NBA next season, I'm 100 percent sure of that," Conley said of his client, who turns 25 on Jan. 22 and hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009. "But I haven't had any talks with the Heat. I have talked to several teams (that Conley wouldn't name). I would call (rumors Oden could end up in Miami this season) extreme."

Conley had told FOX Sports Florida last July that Oden would not be retiring and would be returning to the NBA. Conley said at the time Oden had interest in the Heat, and he said Thursday that remains the case. Even though he has never heard from the Heat throughout this process, Conley didn’t want to rule them out for the future and said it’s certainly possible he eventually could talk to Miami officials.

"Anybody would like to play for a team that can contend for a title, and it is a team that needs another big man," said Conley, a former track star and the father of Memphis point guard Mike Conley Jr., said about Oden's interest in Miami.

The Heat, who have been outrebounded by 17 or more in three of their past five games, are desperately seeking another big man to help them this season. They got back up to a full roster of 15 on Thursday when they signed center Josh Harrellson, whom they had waived earlier this week, to a 10-day contract. The Heat now have two players on 10-day deals, so it would be easy in the near future to clear a roster spot or two.

While Conley didn't want to speculate on teams for which Oden might play next season, he said Portland definitely is out of the question. After the Trail Blazers selected Oden in the 2007 draft over Kevin Durant, he played only 82 games for them in four full seasons and part of last season.

"I'm not being negative, but Portland as an organization is going a different direction and Greg is going a different direction," Conley said.

Oden has had five surgeries on both his knees since entering the NBA, including two surgeries last February, one being his third microfracture procedure. But Conley said Oden, who is working out on his own in Columbus, Ohio, is now jumping as well as he did before the surgeries last February.

"He's rehabbing and doing very well," Conley said.

Conley said Oden is regularly playing basketball, but didn't want to go into how much. Conley went so far as to say Oden one day will live up to projections and be an NBA All-Star.

"I think when he comes back, maybe five or six or seven months after that, he should return to the type of player where he should have been," Conley said. "It will take some time to get his conditioning back. I think that when he comes back to playing in the NBA, he will have the ability to be an All-Star."

Conley said Oden's mental state is good. He said Oden took classes last fall at Ohio State, where he played as a freshman in 2006-07, but is now not enrolled while concentrating on his rehabbing and basketball.

"Few players have been through what Greg has been through," Conley said. "He's been looked at as somebody who hasn't panned out and been a disappointment. He's been through a lot. But the way he has handled all of this he has inspired me."

Conley said the decision was made for Oden to not try to play this season so he could work his way back on his own pace and without added pressure. But Conley said it could be beneficial if Oden were to sign with an NBA team before the end of this season for rehab purposes.

"We are considering that," Conley said. "We are looking at all of our options."

Asked about the Heat having only a minimum salary to potentially offer Oden, Conley said it's too early to speculate on financial considerations at this point. But Conley has no problem speculating that Oden will be back in the NBA next season.

Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson


http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/01/10/13/Odens-agent-squashes-Heat-rehab-rumors/landing_heat.html?blockID=847849&feedID=3565

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Oh [expletive]! 0.0. If he goes to Heat and he starts to get back to the old him, and everything is true what conley is saying.. its a wrap! Dynasty.. New Era ..everything. I can just hope Greg wants more money. I am glad he is doing well though. Tell ya the truth, at the time he was my fav center, I loved the way he played defense and also getting you about 10-15 points, I always picked him in 2k when i played online leagues which always a steal.

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Posted January 11, 2013 - 02:07 PM

Source: Mavericks Interested In Greg Oden

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By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Count the Dallas Mavericks on the list of NBA teams who are keeping an eye on former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst reported Thursday that Oden, the big man whose career with the Portland Trail Blazers was derailed by serious knee injuries, plans to return to the NBA and play next season.

A source told ESPNDallas.com Friday that the Mavs have been among the teams in contact with Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., while the 7-footer rehabs from his third microfracture surgery and takes classes at Ohio State.

Oden still has significant work to do to get healthy enough to make a comeback, but ESPN.com reported that multiple teams have expressed interest in signing him to a multiyear deal this season that would allow him to continue rehabbing under the franchise's supervision until training camp. The Miami Heat are at the front of the list, ESPN.com reported.

However, the Mavs could make a strong case to Oden, although it isn't clear how much of a financial commitment they would be willing to make.

The Mavs have a desperate need for a center who could serve as a defensive anchor next to Dirk Nowitzki. Oden, who averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 82 games with the Trail Blazers, was considered one of the best defensive center prospects ever when Portland opted to pick him instead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 draft.

The Mavs also have a medical staff, led by team doctor T.O. Souryal and Team USA athletic trainer Casey Smith, widely considered one of the NBA's best.

If the Mavs make a serious pitch to Oden, they will point out how Tyson Chandler's career took off after his arrival in Dallas.

Chandler was considered a major medical risk when the Mavs acquired him from the Charlotte Bobcats in a salary-dump deal in summer 2010. He had missed a total of 68 games the previous two seasons due to foot and ankle injuries, and he failed a physical that negated a trade that would have sent him from New Orleans to Oklahoma City before he was shipped to Charlotte.

Chandler ended up playing a major role in the Mavs' 2010-11 title season. When Dallas declined to give him a lucrative, long-term offer, he left for the New York Knicks, where he earned Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.

As the Mavs continue to try to replace Chandler, Oden could be an attractive, albeit risky, option at a much more affordable price.


http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8836173/dallas-mavericks-touch-greg-oden-agent-source-says

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Posted January 29, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Greg Oden Likely To Pick Between Heat and Cavaliers

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By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat have emerged as the leaders to land former No. 1 pick Greg Oden.

The 7-foot Oden, who hasn't played since Dec. 5, 2009 due to multiple knee injuries, is hoping to take a visit down to Miami to meet with Pat Riley and the Heat in the next week, a source told CBSSports.com.

Miami would likely offer a deal for minimum salary while the Cavs could pay up to nearly $4 million. The Boston Celtics are another team that has expressed interest, but the source said that Oden is leaning towards making a comeback with either Cleveland or Miami.

Oden was the top pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, but has had multiple knee surgeries. He's currently working out in both Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis -- and expects to be ready for the season-opener next season.

Oden, 25, has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 82 career NBA games. He is coming off his third microfracture knee surgery back in February 2012.


http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/21622200/cavs-heat-emerge-as-leaders-to-bring-oftinjured-oden-back-to-nba

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Posted January 29, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Wouldn't be shocked if he suffers an injury while choosing a team

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^ That is some


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Posted January 29, 2013 - 11:54 PM

Wouldn't be shocked if he suffers an injury while choosing a team

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 12:59 PM


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In addition 2 Heat & Cavs, San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Indiana & Dallas r interested in Greg Oden, sources say. Decision n 3-4 wks


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Agent: Greg Oden Interested In Signing With Cavaliers

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By Jason Lloyd
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Former Ohio State star Greg Oden is interested in resurrecting his NBA career with the Cavaliers, his agent confirmed Wednesday night.

“He’s a Buckeye,” Mike Conley Sr. said of Oden. “He lives in Columbus. There’s definitely interest there.”

Conley said there is mutual interest with his client and four NBA teams, “and maybe some others will develop in the next 30 days. Who knows? There’s a few scenarios out there that make sense for him.”

Conley and Oden aren’t under any pressure to get a deal done quickly since he won’t play this season. The Cavs have more money to spend this season than the Miami Heat, another team Conley confirmed Oden is interested in. Oden isn’t expected to sign with another team until after next month’s trade deadline, but Conley left open the possibility they wait until fall.

“Our main focus is on next year or the year after and what cap space looks like during that time, who knows?” Conley said.

Oden has endured three microfracture surgeries on his knees — including two on his left knee. He has not played since Dec. 5, 2009, after the Portland Trail Blazers made him the top overall pick of the 2007 draft.

He played in just 82 games in five seasons with the Blazers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. They finally released him near the end of last season.

Conley said Oden’s spirits are “the best they’ve been in a long time. I would say since I’ve known him, but I’ve known him since he was 9.”

Oden and Conley’s son, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr., are childhood friends from just outside Indianapolis. That’s part of the appeal in playing for the Cavs, since it’s close to home. He could step on a basketball court now, but no one will let him. He is jumping as high as he has in his life, Conley said, and he feels good both mentally and physically. Oden has previously admitted to battles with alcohol and depression while fighting through all of his injuries.

Brandon Roy, Oden’s former teammate in Portland, recently attempted a similar comeback after years of knee problems, only to have it derailed early this season with another knee surgery.

Conley said “it’s all or nothing” with Oden this time.

“He’s either going to be able to play or if he gets hurt again and can’t play, he can’t play,” Conley said. “He’s going to make an impact on whatever team he’s on. A big impact. He’s already back in my eyes. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll get better and better. He hasn’t had a chance to improve his game of basketball because of all this. The upside on him is tremendous. He’s a young kid. He just turned 25. He’s in the prime of his life.”

The Cavs won’t comment on the ongoing negotiations.

“I do not talk about players that are not here,” coach Byron Scott said.


http://www.ohio.com/news/top-stories/agent-says-greg-oden-interested-in-playing-for-cavs-1.369281?localLinksEnabled=false

Looks like Oden wants to play for his hometown instead of signing with the Champs.




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