Dec 16, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden (52) poses for a photo during media day at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden to Host Pelicans

Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The summer long Greg Oden watch is seemingly coming to an end. After reports of Greg Oden’s possible return to the NBA after consistently being plagued with injury, Oden has decided to host three potential teams as he narrows down his decision. Oden will be hosting the Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat, and the New Orleans Pelicans in viewing his personal workouts for the potential suitors. The Pelicans are reportedly looking to build their pitch around Oden, and the fact that going to New Orleans would allow him to make his comeback out of the media attention and not a lot of pressure to perform right away. Sources also cited that Monty Williams, the current head coach of the Pelicans, knows Oden well from his days being an assistant coach with the Trail Blazer, which was the team that drafted Oden.

Oden would be a perfect fit for the young Pelicans squad, as the main core of the team is right around the age range of Oden, allowing them all to grow together. After the Pelicans traded away Robin Lopez they have been looking for a replacement at the center position. The Pelicans acquired rookie Jeff Withey in the Greivis Vasquez trade and also have 2nd year player Anthony Davis that potentially could play the 5 spot. Bringing in a player like Oden, given he stays healthy, would enable Anthony Davis to grow into his power forward role and allowing him to space the floor as he likes to do.

In Greg Odens short career he has averaged, 9.4 PPG , 7.3 RBPG, and 1.4 Blk. Oden would bring defensive intensity and be a ferocious rebounder that the Pelicans are needing for the future. He also has been known as a great finisher around the rim, an athletic center who can run up and down the court, and possesses advanced offensive moves. The Pelicans are looking to do a similar deal like the Cavaliers did with Andrew Bynum, which guarantees Bynum very little guaranteed money, leaving the money to be earned by the player. Oden would be an important

part of the Pelicans going forward to make a playoff push if he decides to sign with them.


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