According to reports from ESPN’s Marc Stein, the New Orleans Pelicans are scheduled to meet with former first overall pick Greg Oden next week, and are expected to make an offer worth around $3 million per season. It has also been reported that the offer will be fully guaranteed for two years.
Oden has expressed interest in signing with a contender, prompting the Pelicans to offer a higher salary than the minimum contract that the San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat would likely be restricted to offering.
Oden has not played a game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. Though his health may limit his productivity, Oden is a potentially dominant defensive center, and would compliment Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. Though $3 million is a much larger commitment than the minimum contracts being offered by other teams, the Pelicans’ front office is clearly enticed by Oden’s potential.