The rumors linking center Greg Oden and the San Antonio Spurs have been numerous this offseason. It seems any report on Oden narrowing his potential list of teams as landing spots next season, have included the Spurs.
But if these rumors are true, it may be that San Antonio is high on his list mainy because of head coach Gregg Popovich's approach to resting players throughout an 82-game season.
Oden is high on the Spurs because of Gregg Popovich's pattern of preserving his best players. Pop is famous, and infamous, for giving Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili extended rest, once even keeping Duncan out of a game completely because the future Hall of Fame forward was "old." As a result, Duncan looked fresh and rejuvenated once the playoffs began.
Oden's history of injuries are well known. He has had two microfracture surgeries on his left knee and one on his right. He also had surgery to repair a broken kneecap. It is no wonder why teams may be scared at locking up the big man to any long-term deal if these injuries are due to a congenital condition which may erupt again.
Coming to the Spurs would help Oden long-term. He wouldn't have the pressure to produce as he did in Portland and with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter manning the paint, Oden's minutes would be limited. Just enough to slowly come back into the NBA.
The long-term benefits of Oden coming to San Antonio would be great so long as the team doesn't overpay him.
He will have to reassure the Spurs' brass that is is ready to go physically and mentally. His agent is trying to sell him on the Spurs (and Heat) but his agent says his client is in a positive mood.
"His condition, his mindset, it's the best it's ever been," said Mike Conley Sr., Oden's agent and until further notice, Oden's spokesperson. "To sum it up, he's anxious to get started. He can't wait. He's been working hard, working toward this moment, this season. He has a very positive outlook."
Conserve yours dimes Mr. Buford, Mr. Holt. There is NO pressing reason to get Oden. The risk is too great. Train Pittman now and reap the harvest in the future or. may I suggest Varejao?
Hope he makes the smart decision and comes her for the vet minimum. Doubt it, though. Miami or New Orleans will likely sign him. NO can offer the most money and it seems like Miami's always been the favorites to land him. I know he certainly would like to play there. Guess we'll see.
Man, if Greg Oden didn't bite the injury bug so often, and didn't see the surgery room so many times, he would've been a freaking BEAST. Coming into the NBA, his NBA comparison on draftexpress was David Robinson and Bill Russell!!! Are you freaking kidding me? How many incoming draftees get compared to NBA Hall of Famers???!?!??! The potential this guy had was astronomical, and I guarantee he would've been the best big man in the NBA, surpassing even Dwight Howard. It's just so so very sad to see the path he went through, and none of it was his fault at all, it was something he couldn't really control. But heck, if he decides to come here, and that is a BIG IF, who better than Pop to squeeze every ounce of potential out of him?? But like most people, I believe he doesn't come here. Oden has stated he wants a long term contract and the ability to play immediately. Yeah, he most likely won't find that here.
Would like to roll the dice and take a chance but report on rotowrld suggests pelicans might offer a multi year deal at 3 million per. no way spurs could match and that seems excessive anyways.