The former number one pick of the 2007 NBA Draft impressed the five teams interested in him last week in Indianapolis. He worked out for Miami, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Atlanta. Dallas wasn’t in attendance, but there is said to be a level of interest there, as well.
NBC Sports has reported that Oden is likely to make a decision on where he’ll play this coming weekend. Many national pundits feel that Miami would be the best case scenario for the 7-footer, because he’ll be surrounded by elite talent and have to deal with the immense pressure to win. That may be something Oden needs to resurrect his career.
From Barry White of the Miami Herald (via HoopsHype):
Center Greg Oden probably won’t decide among the Heat and five other teams until this weekend, agent Mike Conley Sr. said Tuesday, adding that formal offers haven’t been made yet. He said the Heat has seen “all it needs to see” from a medical standpoint and that Oden won’t necessarily take the highest offer. But asked if a Heat offer at the $1 million minimum would be good enough, Conley said he was not sure.
The anticipation for this decision doesn’t touch the surface of that other 7-footer, but Oden could be a viable piece for a Miami or San Antonio.