There's been seemingly little movement on the Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter fronts, but that doesn't mean the San Antonio Spurs have been idle in the first few days of free agency. A day after reports indicated the Spurs were one of several teams interested in Greg Oden, ESPN's Marc Stein says the Spurs and Miami Heat are the frontrunners for the former number one pick.
Hearing strongly that Miami still needs to be in same zip code w/Spurs & Cavs in Greg Oden's free-agent thinking. Heat right there, I'm told— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2013
Evolving list for Oden given complexities of his comeback, but one source close to situation contends Spurs and Heat slightly ahead of Cavs— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2013
It's easy to see the appeal in all three teams. Cleveland is close to Columbus, where he's spent most of his time over the last year and change. Miami has you know, the two-time defending champions and the best player on the planet. The Spurs have the best coach on the planet, a big man in Tim Duncan that could teach Oden a thing or seven and would also get Oden out of the spotlight a bit, and we've learned that Oden isn't a huge fan of being the center of attention. So maybe the Spurs have the upper hand there, but who knows.
Blair getting interest from 10 teams
Meanwhile, DeJuan Blair looks like he won't be returning to the Spurs. That doesn't mean he's going to be out of a job. KABB's Maximum Sports reports that 10 teams, including several with Spurs ties have interest in the back up power forward.
Dejuan Blair contacted by 10 teams, including 3 with GM's who used to work in SA. Utah, NO and ATL have all expressed interest, per source.— Maximum Sports (@MaxSportsSA) July 2, 2013
Blair likely will end up being a perfectly serviceable back up big for a team. It just so happened the Spurs had four bigs they felt more comfortable playing. Utah, New Orleans and especially Atlanta are all thin up front, so Blair would likely get decent playing time for any of those teams. One team not mentioned with San Antonio ties is Orlando, who already has Glen "Big Baby" Davis. Let's start a petition to get Blair and Davis on the same team!
Right now, Oden is the crossroads(AGAIN?) of his Life. One road leads to him signing with SA and the chance to play and learn alongside the greatest powerd forward-slash-center of all time(I suggest him tweeting Roy Hibbert on this). Or he can go and sign with MIA and be a mason. With MIA, Chris Bosh would teach how to BRICK THREES and block the shots of Lilliput players.
If dejaun goes I wish him the best, he's got alot stacked against him when you think about but still give complete effort all the time.
Good comments fellas, I agree. He is intriguing at worst. Was such a dominant player coming out of college. He is still mentally that same player, now whether it will translate or not is the question. The Spurs don't take much risk, but this could be worth it, especially if you only have to pay 1.5 million or so.
Its not a big deal. Let Oden come over for peanuts. We wouldn't let it be a distraction. He can't really ask for too much $$ at all in his condition. Let him be evaluated and put on a program towards the end of the bench and rehab and work-out, and practice, and learn from POP and TD. Spurs aren't in the Health Spa business, but it could turn up as a good thing one day. Not now, but some day. We let young guys hang around for a year or two to see if they got game right? Let Oden do the same. No biggie ! Go Spurs !!!
I agree partially but there have been players that have come back from worse. If he can stay healthy(I know big if) but if he can he still has the ability to guard the paint and from what I've seen he's agreat rebounder and still has some upside. But its very risky as you say. I would want to see the Guy in a scrimmage full speed and watch his lift and conditioning above all.
I hope all this Oden talk is just part of one sick joke. Or maybe a ploy to get the Heat to waste what little money they have on a washed-up NBA player. No offense to Oden, but come on the guy hasn't played since 2009 and he underwent his 3rd(?) knee surgery last year. Marc Stein what have you been smoking that would make you think the Spurs would sign bad knees?