So there have been rumors about Greg Oden going to certain teams. Well, apparently, Miami is taking themselves out of the mix. Here’s Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio with a little rumor.
Heat have removed themselves from Greg Oden derby, sources say. Both Cavs and Bobcats prepared to make Oden offer after trading deadline.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) February 11, 2013
The Akron Beacon Journal had reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were ready to offer a two-year deal to Oden. But apparently, they’re going to wait around until the deadline is over so that it wouldn’t prevent teams from making any moves.
The Cavs’, even without Anderson Varejao, have pretty good depth at center with Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson. But Thompson is a natural power forward and what the Cavaliers don’t have is that big shotblocker and stopper in the middle. Oden, despite his multitude of injuries, can still be potentially that guy. The Cavaliers have an extra $4 million from their salary cap that they can give away. Greg Oden’s agent, Mike Conley Sr., had mentioned that Oden has seen the Cavaliers twice already.
As for the Bobcats, they need a little bit of everything. Byron Mullens is their guy at center right now and is backed up by Brendan Haywood. Bismack Biyombo is at the power forward slot and is a great shotblocker. But pairing up Greg Oden with Biyombo could make for a potentially scary frontcourt defensive duo.
Oden won’t be able to play until next season but teams probably want him under their watch and want to integrate Oden into their systems. He has had three microfracture knee surgeries and has not played since December 5, 2009. He was drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden has only played 82 games overall for the Blazers in five seasons before he was released near the end of last season. His best statistical season was in 2009-10 when he played 21 games and averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per contest.