Report: Spurs, Kings, Heat interested in Greg Oden
The number of teams still pursuing Oden has reportedly simmered down from eight options to three strongly interested teams in adding Oden to their rotation next season. According to HOOPSWORLD, the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat the top landing spots for Oden at the moment.
One of the primary factors Oden is reportedly considering in his search for a new team is a multi-year deal, since he desires some stability in his next career stop. A source told HOOPSWORLD that Oden is looking to become a regular rotation player for his next NBA team.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of those teams who dropped out of the running for Oden after they signed All-Star center Andrew Bynum last week.
The Heat have met with Oden in the past, as his agent also confirmed that the players’ camp had been involved in talks with the team. Overall the Heat have been seemingly quite up front in their interest bring Oden to Miami. The Heat have currently $86 million committed in salaries through the 2014 season, putting the team in the luxury tax territory. However, they still have $3.183 million of their taxpayer mid-level exception remaining, which can be used to sign additional free agents.
The Kings are in the process of upheaving their roster and still have enough cap room to pursue talent in free agency. The Kings could provide Oden with an opportunity to compete for playing time behind center DeMarcus Cousins.
Although the Spurs have over $62 million in guaranteed salary commitments for the 2013 campaign, they can only offer Oden a veteran minimum contract.
Oden hasn’t laced up a pair of sneakers and stepped out on the wooden floor to play an NBA game since fracturing his left patella in December 2009. He’s had numerous surgeries since and has been personally working out to get back to NBA shape. But Oden hasn’t formally worked out for a prospective team yet, though he has reportedly met with numerous interested teams.