Free agent center Greg Oden will be having face-to-face meetings this week with team officials from the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans.
The meetings are scheduled in Las Vegas and his meeting with the Dallas Mavericks is scheduled for late Monday afternoon. It’s clear that Dallas also plans to join the race along with the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat to resurrect the career of the 2007’s No. 1 overall pick.
Oden is currently 25 years old and he has battled numerous knee injuries throughout his NBA career. In fact, he hasn’t played in an NBA game since December 2009. He’s coming off his third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012.
Many experts around the league believe Oden can be a very talented big man when healthy. He was the top overall pick in the 2007 draft for a reason. He was chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers one spot ahead of Oklahoma’s Kevin Durant.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were also in heavy pursuit of Greg Oden. However, with the signing of Andrew Bynum, the Cavaliers have unofficially withdrew their name from the list of contenders for his defensive services.
It is believed that San Antonio and Miami are widely known as the two most likely teams to land him, but I would love to see the Los Angeles Clippers go after Oden. The Clippers are loaded at every position, with the exception of center. A combination of Greg Oden and DeAndre Jordan could be lethal in the future.