Greg Oden has said he won't pick a team to sign with until the offseason, but that decision came only after he had tried to work out a deal with at least one team. While Oden is now planning on waiting unil the summer to continue his pursuit of a comeback, he came close to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Oden and the Cavaliers discussed a deal, but they couldn't work out the details. The Cavs GM said the club is open to exploring Oden as an option.
“We’ll see,” Cavs general manager Chris Grant said last week. “We’ll still talk to them and see what their position is and see what his goals are. Just like any other free agent, if something happens that makes sense, we’ll do it."
Oden is now going to wait until July to sign with a team. He has not played in the league since 2010, but his agent has previously said Oden is 100 percent. The injury-prone center will have to convince teams he can stay on the court, but his size alone will all but guarantee him a job somewhere.
Oden was the number one overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately knee injuries only allowed him to play two seasons. In those two seasons, he only played in 82 games. In his career, Oden has averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.