According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, Greg Oden is moving closer to a return to the NBA.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat have emerged as the leaders to land former No. 1 pick Greg Oden.”
The report also notes that Oden is,
“Hoping to take a visit down to Miami to meet with Pat Riley and the Heat in the next week.”
Adding Oden would make sense for both Miami and Cleveland.
Although he has only played 82 career games, and none since 2009, Oden proved to be a solid presence inside when he got the chance to play.
Miami’s main issue this season has been a lack of size and rebounding, both of which Oden could provide. Taking a flyer on Oden would be a low risk move, and he could potentially help solve their troubles in the paint.
Cleveland could also benefit from adding Oden, especially after losing Anderson Varejao for the season. The Cavs will have Varejao back next year, but he has also been injury prone, as well as constant fodder for trade rumors. While the Cavs are probably already out of the playoff race this season, adding Oden could prove to be a sneaky good move going forward if he can stay healthy.
Regardless of when, or where it happens, hopefully Oden will finally be able to return to the NBA and salvage somewhat of a career.