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07:02 AM ET 07.19 | South Beach has a competitor for free agent Greg Oden. The New Orleans Pelicans' pursuit of [Oden] is not an empty gesture. In fact, sources close to the situation say the Pelicans could be offering a two-year deal worth more than $3 million annually to ensure they are the team that lands the former number one overall pick. Oden has been working toward a return to the NBA for more than 16 months, and players that have played pickup with him recently say he is in great shape and is really moving well despite numerous knee surgeries that have derailed his once promising NBA career. ... Sources close to Oden say they have been looking for a "safe" place for Oden to resume his career and that they are looking for an organization that is willing to be patient with Oden.

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July 19, 2013  07:24 AM ET

Sources close to Oden say they have been looking for a "safe" place for Oden to resume his career and that they are looking for an organization that is willing to be patient with Oden.

In other words willing to pay if he never plays again!

July 19, 2013  07:50 AM ET
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Sources close to Oden say they have been looking for a "safe" place for Oden to resume his career and that they are looking for an organization that is willing to be patient with Oden.In other words willing to pay if he never plays again!

Is the 'Bynum Approach' to rehab?

July 19, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Basically these source close to Oden are saying he is damaged good....or are they saying hey this guy has not played in awhile so give him time?

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July 19, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Basically these source close to Oden are saying he is damaged good....or are they saying hey this guy has not played in awhile so give him time?

They're saying: 'we need a paycheck, please sign him'...

July 19, 2013  09:22 AM ET

When are people going to learn?

July 19, 2013  09:37 AM ET

You Are Grounded, Bro.

July 19, 2013  09:39 AM ET

In other words, the kid is mentally fragile and wants no part of any limelight...

July 19, 2013  10:11 AM ET

NBA's biggest bust.

July 19, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Just waiting for Greg to make his decision. Everything else smacks of D12 2.5. Doesn't matter the team, matters the choice. Let's get this done. Either you're in for what it can do for you future, or you're in it for the money. I have to believe you didn't blow through all the Trailblazer money, so why not hook up with a contender. Love what NoLa is doing, but the fact is they aren't close to becoming a contender whereas the HEAT are the defending 2 time Champs. Play with the Uni-Brow or play with LeBron.
Sounds like a simple choice for me. You go with the HEAT. Come along slowly during the season know that you have a core of players that can watch your back, then blow up in the Playoffs and parlay that into a multi-million dollar contract some where down the line. Forget your agent, he's just going to screw this up for you. Make the right decision and bring your talents to South Beach. But hey, that's just me.

July 19, 2013  11:14 AM ET

Good luck Greg! Just don't get too picky. Take the best available destination right away before the offers stop pouring in...

July 19, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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Good luck Greg! Just don't get too picky. Take the best available destination right away before the offers stop pouring in...

His next destination is a nursing home.

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July 19, 2013  11:56 AM ET

Someone is on their game today!

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July 19, 2013  01:29 PM ET
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Pelicans have offered 2 years at 3 mil perDown hasn't decided yet

Its not really that bad of a deal. Low risk, high reward. Is it known how much of the contract is guarantee?

 
July 20, 2013  12:44 AM ET
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In other words, the kid is mentally fragile and wants no part of any limelight...

That sounded like DRose!!

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