NBA Free Agency: Spurs A Front Runner For Greg Oden

By Michael Rehome

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

According to Project Spurs one NBA General Manager has stated that the San Antonio Spurs has emerged as a front runner for Greg Oden.  Size and defense were an issue for the San Antonio Spurs.  We have heard players of, Andray Blatche and Darko Milicic out there in free agency and the Spurs could use either.

Early Wednesday, Sam Amico tweeted another possibility.  Project Spurs stated this could have the biggest boom or bust of them all:

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

“One NBA GM listed three teams he considers frontrunners for Greg Oden (in no order): Spurs, Pacers and Magic. The GM made sure to stress, however, “that’s just my best guess.” Oden is currently back at Ohio State, working toward a degree in sports and leisure.”

Before you start jumping at the bit to rip Greg Oden down, there is nothing concrete in what was said by Amico.  We have not heard from the Spurs Organization on anything concerning Oden.

Some words from Project Spurs, Trevor Zickgraf:

Perhaps that GM heard that from Oden’s agent Mike Conley, Sr. or someone else close to Oden’s camp.  Considering the other options out there, taking a flier on Oden would be as good a move as possible.  He probably wouldn’t be very costly and if he doesn’t work out then they’ll part ways with him and keep their core and chemistry in tact.

Oden has gone on record to say he’d like to play this year, but he’s not going to rush back if he’s not ready.  Smart move by Oden since he thinks this is part of the reason he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.  While Oden may not be available for several months, perhaps the Spurs should try to sign him soon, get him to San Antonio to continue rehabbing, while getting him accustomed to the Spurs system and culture.  San Antonio would also be a great spot for Oden because is their a more out of the spotlight contender than the Spurs?  Everyone’s got either LA or Oklahoma City penciled in to face Miami in the Finals.

What say you Spurs fans?