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NBA free agency: Heat, Spurs reportedly frontrunners for Greg Oden

The Heat and Spurs are the frontrunners for Greg Oden, while the Kings, Mavericks and Pelicans are also in the mix. Oden will be meeting with several teams in Las Vegas this week.


Free-agent center Greg Oden is still being courted by several teams, with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings showing the most interest, according to Lang Greene of HOOPSWORLD. Greene says Oden is looking for a multi-year deal and a chance to become a regular rotation player next season.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Heat and Spurs are the frontrunners for Oden's services, and that the big man will be in Las Vegas this week to meet with a couple other suitors. The Kings are among that group, as are the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks. The meeting with the Mavs will reportedly take place on Monday.

Between the two frontrunners, Miami can offer Oden a more lucrative contract. The Heat still have the taxpayer mid-level exception at their disposal, while the Spurs can only offer a minimum contract.

Oden, 25, is trying to make a return to the NBA following a third microfracture knee surgery in February 2012. The top overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft hasn't played a single game in the league since Dec. 2009.

In 82 career games, Oden has posted averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

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