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#21 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 03:06 PM

Celtics Meet With Greg Oden

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By Steve Bulpett / Boston Herald

The Celtics met with free agent center Greg Oden today to discuss his potential signing.

Reached a short time ago, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the meeting was mainly an informational process for each side.

"We wanted to talk to Greg to see where he is physically," Ainge said.

The 7-footer was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007, but he played just 82 games for Portland after sitting out his rookie year with the first of multiple knee injuries. He last played on December 5th of 2009.

The fact Oden is still drawing strong interest from teams despite his medical history is a testament to his talent. He had five double-doubles -- including a 13-point, 20-rebound night -- in the 21 games he played before being injured in his last year.

"We're just finding out as much as we can and letting Greg know what we have here," said Ainge. "He's not ready to play now, but he's someone who's very interesting."

He added that there is nothing imminent with Oden, who is investigating his options as he tries to get his knees ready for another run at the NBA.

There had been a report that Oden was not interested in the Celtics, but Ainge said, "I haven't heard that. If it was true, then why would he fly in to speak with us?"


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Posted February 06, 2013 - 03:24 PM

Oden, Irving, Waiters, Zeller, Thompson, and a top 5 pick from this season (Shabazz)? Cleveland is coming up.
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Posted February 09, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Source: Cavaliers Prepared To Offer Greg Oden Contract

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By Jason Lloyd
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Published: February 8, 2013 - 11:45 PM

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers are expected to offer free-agent center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year after the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes, according to a league source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of negotiations.

The Cavs have about $4 million in cap space, which they are preserving now for potential trades. Teams around the league don’t want to sign Oden until after the trade deadline.

Oden has visited with the Boston Celtics and could meet again with the Cavs in the coming weeks, his agent said Friday.

Oden is living nearby in Columbus. His agent, Mike Conley Sr., said last week Oden has been to see the Cavs a couple of times already, but was evasive when pressed as to what capacity.

“Greg has been up there [to Cleveland] before and he’ll probably be up there again in an official capacity,” Conley said Friday.

The Cavs have been interested in Oden for years, believing their partnership with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic (which holds naming rights to the team’s practice facility) could be huge for Oden’s career.

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.”

Conley told the Beacon Journal last week Oden is healthy and anxious to return to the court, but that won’t happen until next season.

“He’s going to make an impact on whatever team he’s on — a big impact,” Conley said. “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.”

Oden’s contract would take effect immediately, even though he won’t play this season. The Cavs would have him under contract for next season and hold the team option for 2014-15.


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Posted February 14, 2013 - 09:51 PM

Greg Oden Leaning Toward Signing With Cavaliers

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By Sam Amico

It has been more than two years since Greg Oden last played in the NBA, but he never retired.

And when the former No. 1 pick makes himself available, people stand up and take notice -- scrambled eggs for knees or not.

Especially when that player is Oden, a 7-footer who once dominated the college game in his lone season at Ohio State.

Oden showed some serious flashes in the NBA, too. Portland selected him with the top draft pick in 2007, and in the rare moments of good health, he made an instant impact defensively. Also, in his final game with the Trail Blazers (Dec. 1, 2009), Oden snared 20 rebounds.

But, as you probably know, Oden has undergone three microfracture knee surgeries. He played in just a total of 82 games with Portland -- or the equivalent of one season.

He’s now back at Ohio State, taking classes and vowing to return to the NBA. His agent, Mike Conley Sr., has promised that Oden is now 100 percent. Conley has even predicted Oden will become an All-Star.

That would be quite a comeback, and while some teams may feel differently after having worked out Oden, several are ready to take at least take a flyer on him, as reported by FOX Sports Ohio in early January.

Both Cleveland and Charlotte are said to be prepared to make Oden an offer following the Feb. 21 trading deadline. Boston also remains interested, although it’s believed Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge won’t get into any sort of bidding war.

The Cavaliers, however, are under the cap and can afford to take a low-risk-high-reward chance on a player like Oden. Their proposal reportedly will be for two years (the rest of this season and next), with a team option for a third.

No word on what the Bobcats might be thinking.

Defending-champion Miami was another team that supposedly had a passing interest in Oden, but that’s all it was. The Heat just signed center Chris Andersen for the rest of the season, effectively removing themselves from the Oden conversation.

Oden’s camp is looking to sign this year, but for rehab purposes only. If all goes according to plan, he’ll be ready for training camp to open the 2013-14 season.

Teams such as the Cavs and Bobcats would only make an offer after the trading deadline because adding a player prior to it might hinder their opportunities to make other potential moves.

Sources said over the weekend Oden has been leaning toward the Cavs all along. If true, it would make good sense. They’re the only NBA team located in the state where he played his college ball, and he has a large and supportive following in Cleveland because of it.

Oden also likes the notion of playing on the same team as Kyrie Irving -- and considers the Cavs’ reigning Rookie of the Year the type of dynamic young point guard that could help jumpstart Oden’s rebirth, sources said.

On top of all that, the Cavs are located in the same city as the Cleveland Clinic, famed for its rehabilitation of injuries and ongoing treatment. Oden, clearly, still needs plenty of both.

Sources indicated Oden is likely to try to find the best situation in a variety of areas. That includes not just money, but opportunity.

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Posted February 24, 2013 - 07:44 PM

Greg Oden Likely To Wait For Offseason To Sign With Team

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Greg Oden is now likely to wait until the offseason to sign with an NBA team, his agent Mike Conley said.

Oden had been in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.

Oden is rehabbing from several injuries and hasn't played since 2009.


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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:30 PM

Greg Oden To Decide On Next Team In July

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Agent Mike Conley says Greg Oden will not decide on his next team until July. Cavs, Heat and Celtics in running.



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Posted March 12, 2013 - 09:32 PM

Greg Oden Attends Cavaliers Game, Likes Organization

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By Jodie Valade, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Officially, it wasn't a recruiting trip. Greg Oden wasn't at The Q to meet with the Cavaliers and discuss the possibility of signing with Cleveland.

The former Ohio State player was a guest of his longtime friend, Memphis guard Mike Conley Jr.

Once in the arena, however, the Cavaliers generously moved Oden to the courtside seat next to the team bench, his long legs stretching out onto the court.

Oden is a free agent, and the Cavaliers remain high on his list of possibilities. Oden is not expected to sign with a team until the summer, though he said he's leaving the timetable up to his agent, Mike Conley Sr.

"I do think it's a possibility," Oden said. "I definitely like this organization, I definitely like the direction they're headed."

In the meantime, Oden continues to rehab his knee injury. He said "it's getting better," but after three microfracture surgeries, he still makes frequent doctor visits. The former No. 1 draft pick has not played in a game since 2009.

Oden chatted with Cavaliers players throughout the game and at breaks, and even ventured into a Cavaliers suite at halftime.



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Posted May 17, 2013 - 11:44 AM

Greg Oden 'Looks Ready To Go'

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Greg Oden is attempting to return to the NBA after not playing since 2009.

Oden has received interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, amongst other teams.

Deshaun Thomas, who attended Ohio State like Oden, said on Thursday that the two have been working out.

"Man, he looks unbelievable," he said at the draft combine. "He's running. He's lifting weights. You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he's ready to go. He's running, getting in shape. I'll tell you one thing. For a big 7-footer that's all he does, running and getting in shape. He's looking right."



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Posted May 18, 2013 - 04:38 PM

For the veteran's minimum I'd give him a chance in a second.



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Posted May 21, 2013 - 12:53 PM

without a doubt!

For the veteran's minimum I'd give him a chance in a second.

 

He would be a great backup to Dwight...

more size, to go with dwights quickness and athleticism



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Posted June 14, 2013 - 11:22 PM

he should have signed with the spurs when he had the chance.


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Posted June 15, 2013 - 05:29 PM

Vet's minimum off the bench would be great.

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Posted June 22, 2013 - 12:39 AM

Greg Oden Remains Interested In Signing With Heat

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By CHRIS TOMASSON

MIAMI — Greg Oden and his agent know what everybody else does. If the Miami Heat want to win a third straight NBA title, it might be important to get some size.
 
Oden is willing to help.
 
Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, told FOX Sports Florida by phone Friday that the free-agent center remains very interested in signing with the Heat this summer and the feeling is mutual. Conley expects to talk with Heat president Pat Riley when free agency begins July 1 about the 7-foot Oden, the 2007 No. 1 draft pick who hasn’t played in the NBA since December 2009 due to knee problems.
 
"The Heat need some size, that’s not a secret," Conley said. "Whether it’s in a backup role or whatever, he could help them. I know they’re interested in him and he’s interested in them."
 
The Heat won their second consecutive title with a 95-88 victory Thursday over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It was their second straight seven-game series after having defeated the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.
 
The Pacers exposed Miami s lack of size as 7-2 center Roy Hibbert had a dominant series. The Chicago Bulls also pose some problems for Miami in the East with their size.
 
"The Miami Heat make sense," Conley said of his client possibly landing there.



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Posted June 22, 2013 - 10:22 AM

^ Mike Conley's his agent?


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Posted June 22, 2013 - 10:32 AM

^ Mike Conley's his agent?

 

 

Mike Conley Sr is 


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Posted June 22, 2013 - 10:34 AM

^ Seriously? I just thought the guy was a former track star.


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Posted July 01, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Greg Oden Had Two-Day Visit With Heat

 

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Greg Oden recently had a two-day visit with the Miami Heat.

Pat Riley confirmed the visit and restated his interest in signing Oden.

“We will explore that and see where it goes because of the possibilities,’’ Riley said of Oden, who has been plagued by knee problems since being the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick in 2007. “You go back to look at (Zydrunas) Ilgauskas. He had nothing but foot problems for about four years and everybody thought it was over. And the same thing happened with Kurt Thomas at the beginning of his career. There’s been a lot of players young in their careers that have had chronic injuries (and then) it doesn’t happen to them anymore. I think he’s such a young player and to be such a force, that you’d want to monitor him very closely.’’

The Heat would likely need to use their their $3.183 million exception to sign Oden.



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Posted July 01, 2013 - 10:04 AM

Greg Oden Receiving Interest From Spurs, Mavericks, Pacers and Grizzlies

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By Marc J. Spears

Greg Oden hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than 3½ years, but hasn't kept teams from inquiring about the possibility of signing him.

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. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft hasn’t played since Dec. 5, 2009, because of multiple knee injuries.

Oden is in a "good place" mentally now, one source said, and hopes to be ready physically to play by training camp. He also doesn’t appear to be in a rush to make a decision on where to sign, the source said.



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Posted July 01, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Spurs and Mavs should pick him up, Grizz and Pacers have no need for him.


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Posted July 01, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Greg Oden hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than 3½ years

 

 

 

what!!!!I remember blazer fans used to defend him SO hard






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