Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden plans to choose his new team today, according to sources. Oden, who hasn’t played an NBA game since Dec. 5 2009, worked out for 6 NBA teams over the passed few weeks. Each team sent a representative to watch his workout, all of which said that Oden looks as if he has slimmed down and is moving around much better than he was last season. Oden says he has not ruled out any of the 6 teams interested, but sources close to the situation say he will most likely choose from the trio of Miami, Dallas, and San Antonio.
For someone who has only played 82 games in his career, Oden is getting a lot of interest, especially from the defending champions. Miami Heat Owner, Pat Riley, has been recruiting the center since before the end of the 2012-2013 season. In my opinion, it is not a surprise that the Miami Heat are so urgent to sign him. We all know that rebounding is a major problem for Miami. Oden, who averaged 8.5 rebounds in 2009, can solve this problem. With him, the Heat will finally have the big body they need down low.
As I see it, the Heat are definitely the front runner to sign Greg Oden. They can offer a decent amount of cash, more playing time, and most importantly, championships. Oh yeah, they can also offer him the opportunity to play with the best player in the world. I am almost 100% that Oden will sign with Miami later today.
The Knicks have made the decision to not match the offer sheet offered to point guard, Jeremy Lin, by the Houston Rockets. Linsanity is offically over in the Big Apple.
Sources: Knicks and Trailblazers have agreed to trade that would send Jared Jeffries to Portland, and would bring Raymond Felton to New York. The Knicks will most likely not match offer sheet for Jeremy Lin…
Rockets pulling ahead in Dwight Howard sweepstakes, they are now the front runner to complete a trade with the Magic. They are willing to trade Kevin Martin, draft rights to 3 of their 2012 draft picks, and are willing to take some high salary contracts from the Magic…
Brooklyn? New York? Boston? Does anyone really know who will win the Atlantic Division this season? As of right now, I would say that the only thing separating these teams in the standings at the end of the season would be a couple of games. This division became alot more interesting when the Nets decided to resign Deron Williams, and trade for all-star Joe Johnson. They are also still making a push to get Dwight Howard in a trade with the Magic. The Knicks have reportedly traded for Marcus Camby, who is old, but can definitely still play. They also have signed Jason Kidd who can run the pick and roll with Stoudemire, and they have one of the best one on one players in Carmelo Anthony. The Celtics may have lost Ray Allen but have way more depth then they did last season. They drafted big men Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger, and have signed veteran shooting guard Jason Terry. They also have their best on ball defender, Avery Bradley, coming back from a shoulder injury.
When you look at all these teams, they are all pretty stacked, but all have some flaws. The Nets may not have chemistry just like the Heat early in the 2011 season. The Knicks seem like they can’t play any type of defense, and the Celtics are old. The winner of this division will just be who can handle their flaws the best, and I think that will be the Celtics. Even though their old they have veteran players who know who how to step up in big situations, they also have arguably the best point guard in the league in Rajon Rondo. They have young legs coming off the bench to help out the old guys. Oh yeah, they have also won the division for 5 straight years, so they are getting used to it.. The Celtics are my pick to pull through and win the Atlantic, but this may change, its still way to early to really know. There could be injuries,trades, etc, which would leave the door wide open for the Knicks and the Nets.
Magic and Nets are optimistic the Cavaliers can help in 3 way trade that would bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn