Mar 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers injured player Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back left) and free agent Greg Oden (front right) clap their hands after a Cleveland basket in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Oden's Suitors, Raptors To Amnesty Kleiza

Oden’s Comeback

After acquiring All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, the New Orleans Pelicans are attempting to make another splash in free agency by signing center Greg Oden, the #1 overall pick of the 2007 draft.

Oden’s injury history is widely known, but at just 25 years old, he is attempting another comeback.

Oden hasn’t played in an NBA game since December of 2009. He has played just 82 games in his career, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.

According to Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears, Oden will meet with the Pelicans this week. Spears reports the “meeting is expected to include Mickey Loomis, the Pelicans’ head of basketball operations and the NFL Saints’ executive vice president and general manager, as well as Pelicans GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams” and he should have a contract offer worth about $3 million.

Oden has already had meetings with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

Raptors To Dump Kleiza

According to Spears, the Toronto Raptors will be using their amnesty on forward Linas Kleiza Tuesday. Kleiza could have become a free agent, but instead exercised his player option worth $4.6 million.

Last season, Kleiza averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Kleiza is expected to go back for overseas (he played for Greek power Olympiakos during the 2009-10 season).


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