A source close to Greg Oden has told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers are one of five teams the former number one pick is considering signing with this summer. Along with the Cavaliers, Oden is expected to choose from a list of teams that include the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, and San Antonio Spurs .
Additionally, a source close to Oden has told ESPN’s J.A. Adande that San Antonio and Cleveland “appear to be the best fit” for the 25-year-old center.
This isn’t the first time the Cavs and Oden have been linked together as the Oden rumors started flying back in January. Then, in March, Oden was in attendance at The Q to watch his former high school and Buckeye teammate, Mike Conley, as the Cavs hosted the Grizzlies.
Oden, currently a resident of Columbus, received a large round of applause from the Cleveland crowd as his face was shown on the jumbo-tron multiple times throughout the game.
“I live in Ohio. It’s home now,” Oden said following the game. “They have a great organization and I really do think they’re up and coming.”
Coming into the off-season center was a big need for the Cavaliers, but after passing on opportunities to add prospects Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in last week’s draft the need is still there.
Although Oden’s camp expects him to be ready for the 2013-14 season, he hasn’t played a game since since December 5, 2009 and underwent a third microfracture surgery on his knee in February of 2012. He won’t be someone a team can count on to step in and start at center, but could be a great low risk, high reward signing for whoever he ends up with.
The Cavs are also reported to have “strong interest” in Minnesota center and restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic are said to be “kicking the tires” on free agent Andrew Bynum. If Houston ends up landing the services of Dwight Howard, the Rocket’s Omer Asik could be another possible name on the list of the Cavaliers’ hunt for a big man.
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