Any updates? I heard Spurs, Heat, Pelicans among teams interested.
Probably the cheat
Probably the cheat
I would love to see him in NOLA
i would love to see him on the heat, thats where he belongs with all the fuc kin stars
RealGM reports that the Pelicans are going to meet Oden next week:
The Heat have resumed talks with Oden, Greg's agent confirmed that the Miller departure has made the Heat a very desirable destination. His agent says however that Oden is weeks away from making a decision but from what I've gathered, the Pelicans, Heat, Spurs and Kings are all in the mix.
To be honest, I'd prefer to have Oden come to San Antonio. He's not a great fit for the HEAT because Spo and company are frequent users of small-ball, whereas the Spurs still believe in the big man (as evidenced by paying Splitter. Big men aren't easy to find but still).
Oden would have a defined role in the Spurs' system, and would be playing at a slower pace, which would save his knees. Besides, no one is better at resurrecting careers than Pop.
But I'm sure the Heat will get him because that would be the most Heat thing ever.
It also allows Duncan to play his natural position at pf
I would just love to see him play more than 60 games anywhere.
I think the culture in San Antonio fits Greg Oden, plus Tim Duncan and David Robinson are who he always looked up to.
I also like the Pelicans. He's good friends with Eric Gordon, plus he really respects Monty Williams. Williams was in Portland when Oden was drafted there. Another positive is that Oden is the same age as their core players.
I don't really see any ties with the Heat, but he'd have the chance to play in South Beach with the best player in the world and the defending champions. Plus they can now offer him more money.
That's a great one but somehow his hairline has has the upper hand to juniors...
I would hate for him to go to a team where the expectations would be too overwhelming for him (Miami, San Antonio). NOLA sounds like the right move for him. Plus, his game would compliment Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson's. Their ability to shoot the ball would allow Oden some space to operate in the post without clogging it.
I am the complete opposite to you. In Miami or San Antonio he can come off the bench and play limited minutes with lesser chance of getting injured, whereas in New Orleans (as much as I would love him here) the expectations would be to start and play 25- 35 MPG.
I wish we could get him in OKC. It's kind of a win/win situation and low risk, plus due to his injury-plagued career he could be snagged fairly cheap.
If he ever gets healthy and back to form he could be the Center we so desperately need in OKC, and if he doesn't then he's still an upgrade over Thabeet/Orton/Adams.
This would be awesome if they get him!
What do you guys know what Oden did athletically the last couple of years? Is it recorded how resilient his body really is right today? I haven't heard about what he really did the last two or three years.
Since the last microfracture surgery on his left knee, which was done Feb 2012, Oden has basically just been rehabbing and going to school.
I used to catch him working out/rehabbing at St. Vincents Sports Medicine here in Indianapolis, but I haven't seen him in awhile. The last time I seen him was back during the winter. It's always sad to see him because his build is so perfect. He's a beast. He's got it all, except the knees.
I hope he can make a successful comeback, but I'm not optimistic. Micro and an artho on his right knee. A chipped kneecap and surgery to repair a broken patella on his left knee. Two micro's on his left knee. He's only 25, but it just doesn't look good.
If only there were some way for OKC to get him...
I think a lower pressure situation with little media scrutiny would be ideal for Oden to slowly work his way back into the league. NO fits the bill.
He's going to Miami and you all know it....i've been hearing it for a whole year now and what's this talk he doesn't fit he's exactly what they need. Now that they can offer him some more coin why WOULDN'T he go there?
They can't offer him "more coin." They can only offer him the same amount that they could have offered before Miller was amnestied, which is the MMLE.
Are the Heat more likely to offer Oden a little more of the MMLE, now that they're saving money by waiving Miller?
Miami seems like the spot for a couple reasons. Even if he is able to come back, his run in the NBA will probably be a fairly short one. The Heat will almost certainly be a contender for the next couple years. Nothing would help more to wipe away the "bust" label more than contributing to a title run. Also, they way Miami plays, they could feature him in favorable match ups and minimize his role in other games, naturally limiting his minutes. They do this up and down their roster in the regular season and they did it in the playoffs. That might be the best plan for getting back into a rotation.
That's a pretty bleak outlook for a player trying to make a comeback. "I won't be playing for long, so I might as well..."
If that's the case and he doesn't see himself playing for long he might as well try to get as much guaranteed money as possible, which wouldn't be with Miami. Even if he was the #1 overall pick he still didn't get to his second contract.
The Pelicans do have an opening at C having moved Robin Lopez, they have signed Greg Stiemsma and got the draft rights to Jeff Withey so unless they plan to move Anthony Davis over to C then the 5 position on their roster is up for grabs. Greg would need to be eased back into the NBA and until he steps foot on court and starts playing, we don't know how well his knees will hold up.
There may be some sort of plan in place whereby he would not exceed a set number of minutes per game and it could be that if his knees do react to him playing again he may not be able to play all back to back games. But finding the right forumula to keep Oden sound could be trial and error at first But I would rather him be sound for 60 odd games than try to play every game and break down again.
A cautious as all we fans are about Oden's knees, it seams like most fans would like their team to take on the risk... especially at $3mil or so.
I like the Spurs idea, with the lower tempo thing, but as a Celtic I secretly hope that Daany Ainge wll land him in Boston.