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HEAT, Kings and Spurs In Play for Greg Oden
Posted By Lang Greene On July 14, 2013 @ 11:00 pm In NBA | No Comments
Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden continues his NBA comeback attempt and is currently evaluating his options to rejoin the league. With the draft and early phase of free agency behind us, the market has a bit more clarity.
According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Miami HEAT, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings are the teams with strong interest in adding Oden to their rotation for next season.
One of the primary items at the top of Oden’s wish list is a multi-year deal as the center desires stability in his next career stop. The center is also looking for an opportunity to become a regular rotation player next season, per a source.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were a team with interest before dropping out of the chase after signing former All-Star center Andrew Bynum last week.
The HEAT have met with Oden in the past and have been vocal in their interest in bringing in the big man. The HEAT currently have over $86 million in guaranteed salary commitments for the 2014 campaign, putting the franchise in luxury tax territory. However, the club still has the taxpayer mid-level exception ($3.183 million) available to bring in additional talent. Discussions between the
The Kings are in the process of rebuilding, but have the salary cap room available to pursue a free agent. The team could also offer Oden an immediate opportunity for playing time behind center DeMarcus Cousins.
The Spurs have over $62 million in guaranteed salary commitments next season but can only offer Oden a veteran minimum deal.
Oden hasn’t played an NBA game since December of 2009. The source indicates Oden hasn’t formally worked out for any of the teams in the mix, but has conducted meetings with numerous suitors.
Oden has career averages of nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game in 82 career contests.
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