The Greg Oden to Cavs move could be on. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Cleveland Cavaliers will offer Oden a two-year deal after the trade deadline passes on February 21. There will also be a third year included in the deal as a team option.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are just one of the sides keeping a close eye on Oden’s situation; it’s also believed the Heat and Celtics are interested in the No. 1 overall pick of 2007.
Salary caps and roster spaces mean that many teams are holding off on approaching free agents. Hence, the Cavs will reportedly wait another couple of weeks before swooping for Oden’s signature.
Oden’s career has proven something of a flop to date. After becoming the first player chosen in 2007’s draft, the seven-footer has been plagued by injury. Now 25, he has played only 82 NBA games in his career; his last appearance was way back in December 2009.
In the meantime, Oden finished his degree at Ohio State and has been working on getting healthy. He had his third microfracture surgery in March 2012, on his left knee.
Now, the center is determined to make a comeback after losing three seasons to injury. The fact teams are still pursuing a player who’s been out so long speaks volumes about Oden’s raw talent.
Will a Greg Oden to Cavs move make sense for the Cleveland team? There’s no doubt his injury record will be a cause for concern, but it seems the Cavaliers are prepared to take that gamble.
Are they right to, readers?