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Report: Heat, Cavs target Greg Oden
The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the top teams to sign 2007 No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, according to a CBSSports.com report.
CBSSports.com, citing a source, reports Oden hopes to meet with Heat officials within the next week.
The Cavaliers are doing their due diligence while evaluating Oden, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team’s interest is contingent upon the center’s health.
ESPN.com reported on Jan. 10 that Oden was considering a comeback, but not before the 2013-14 season.
Sources told ESPN.com that multiple teams had expressed interest in signing Oden to a multi-year deal that would allow him to continue his rehab until he can get back on the court in the fall.
A day later, ESPNDallas.com reported that the Dallas Mavericks were among the teams interested in Oden as well.
Before watching No. 11 Ohio State’s 58-49 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, Oden said he hopes to be healthy enough to take another shot at pro ball.
“I don’t know when, but I’m taking this year off. I’ll play next year,” said Oden, who led the Buckeyes to the Final Four as a freshman in 2007.