Anyone willing to take a chance on Greg Oden at this point is just going off potential. They know the risks. They know there’s a strong possibility he won’t ever even make it back to the court to play a full season.
But they also know the rewards. He’s a big body with talent worthy of the number one overall pick. His frequent injuries have kept him from ever showing off his full capabilities, but there’s hope that he may get back there someday.
Last week when word was out that Oden was planning his comeback, Project Spurs started to draw up scenarios that would put the former Ohio State superstar in the silver and black. Now it’s actually starting to look like more of a real possibility.
“Part of Oden’s plan is to sign with a team in the next month and get into a training and conditioning program with an eye toward returning to the floor next season. The Celtics are among the teams monitoring Oden’s progress, and sources tell CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman that the Spurs and Cavaliers have expressed interest, too.”
There are also reports floating around out there that the Miami Heat are interested too. Teams know what they’ll be getting if they sign Greg Oden, but it’s also not hard to see that quality big men are hard to come by these days. The risk might be worth the potential payoff.
The San Antonio Spurs, who have been hoping to solve their big man troubles for a long time, went out and signed Aron Baynes, but there’s no guarantees that he’ll work out in the NBA. They could be looking at Oden as a potential “Plan B” in case Baynes can’t cut it against the world’s best talent.
I always wanted to see Oden get healthy and play for the Trail Blazers since they used their number one pick on him when they could have had Kevin Durant. It was such a shame that the pick went to waste. But the Blazers got tired of waiting for him to get healthy and they let him go. Now we wait and see if some other team finally gets to reap the reward of a healthy Greg Oden.
If we can get a 7-foot big man, I say take a chance. IF he stays healthy for even one season in San Antonio and plays to the caliber we all thought he would when he was first drafted, I feel like it'll be some of best money this organization has spent in a long time. Why? Let me explain:
That gives us a big-man rotation of Tim, Tiago, Diaw, Oden, and let's even throw Blair in there while we're at it. With Tim and Oden starting, Tiago and Diaw spelling, and, if Pop feels matchups permit, Blair providing a quick burst of energy and change of pace, we will have the bigs to compete and win a Championship.
That'd send Tim out on top and into the sunset as the best Power Forward of all-time.
That'd give the Spurs their 5th championship...a 5th ring in 14 years. Think about that: Since 1999, less than every three years, the Spurs will have won a ring. And will have been to the Western Conference Finals twice in addition to five Finals appearances, meaning, over the past 14 years, half of our time has been spent in the WC Finals or the NBA Finals. It'd also make us 5-0 in the Finals.
And finally, it gives us at least SOMETHING to hold onto moving forward in terms of a big man. Maybe he's only healthy for one year. Maybe not. But going into 2013-2014, we'll have someone to at least begin filling Tim's void is he chooses to retire (and I don't see him not moving on if he wins ring #5).
But, again, even if we only get 1 good year out of Oden, the rest of this year, it was money well spent as I can't help but think that, with a healthy roster, that wouldn't take it all this year.
I would like to see the Spurs take a gamble like they did with DeJuan Blair in the draft, his minutes been reduced but he's still that threat in the Spurs roster. He can go off one night and prove everyone wrong, it's his minutes that's been showing less and less of Blair.
I'd like to see the Spurs get greedy on the bigman side....Afterall, all of the teams who are ahead of the Spurs are ahead of them with tall physical second tier bigmen...What I mean by second tier bigmen are centers and forwards of other teams (Clippers and Thunder) who exploit The Spurs weaknesses.( lack of size and the ability to be physical) Why not over compensate those weaknesses to make a point?