Recently pegged as one of the few teams to be potential suitors for former Ohio State center Greg Oden, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly set to offer the 25-year old a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports that this deal will be offered after the February 21 NBA trade deadline.
Oden, who underwent microfracture knee surgery one year ago, averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 82 career NBA games since being drafted in 2007 — he posted a PER of 23.1 as recent as 2009-10 before his season was ended prematurely after just 21 games. Rehabilitating his knee, the seven-footer is presently living in Columbus, Ohio. The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are allegedly also in the running for Oden, but the Cavaliers can offer the injury-plagued big man more money and additional years on a contract.
Presently one of the most financially flexible teams in the league, the Cavaliers have roughly $4 million in salary cap space.