Cavaliers to Offer Greg Oden a Contract
Greg Oden has been plotting a return to the NBA since he left. Oden who left the NBA in 2009 went back to Ohio to take classes at Ohio State and work on his comeback; it’s a place that is within his comfort zone.
So that should make it no surprise that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the front runners to land Oden as he makes his comeback later on this year.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon reports that the Cavaliers have interest in the former number one overall pick and are about to make a formal multi-year deal.
The Cavs 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, a league source said….
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.
Nothing will happen before the trade deadline as no one wants to mess with the cap space prior to the deadline.
Many question why teams like the Cavaliers, Celtics, and even Heat have interest in bringing Oden into the fold. If they can get someone like Oden and place him in a 15 minute a night bench role it will add a depth to their team that they don’t have. Oden was once taken before NBA favorite Kevin Durant because he was that good. Granted he has had his battles with knee injuries and off the court issues, but with all that hopefully behind him he can be a huge asset to any team looking for a big man.