Cavs Still Hope to Sign Greg Oden
The Cavaliers remained silent as the NBA’s trade deadline passed quietly Thursday. It was one of the rare years when the Cavs failed to complete a deal at the deadline, and the first time it has happened since 2009.
Now they’ll turn their focus to free-agent center Greg Oden, who could sign a deal within the next week even though he isn’t expected to play until next season. Cavs General Manager Chris Grant confirmed the team’s interest in Oden and a league source confirmed the team is expected to offer him a two-year deal with a team option for a third year. Then it’s up to Oden and his agent, Mike Conley, to decide if he wants to sign this season or wait until the summer when they can perhaps drive up the bidding since more teams will have cap space.
“Obviously we’ve spoken to Greg, we’ve had him in, we’ve done a lot of due diligence with him,” Grant said. “He’s a great kid, wonderful heart. We’ll see. We’ll still talk to them and see what his position is and what his goals are. Just like any other free agent, if we’re able to make something happen that makes sense for us, we’ll do it. And if not, that’s OK.”