Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/10/13
We all heard about Greg Oden cheering on his buddy and fellow Buckeye Mike Conley Jr. on Friday night when Cleveland hosted Memphis, but some of the quotes (courtesy of Jason Lloyd) that came out following the game were even more eye-opening about a potential return to the Buckeye State as home base for Oden’s basketball playing career.   “I live in Ohio. It’s home now,” Oden said. “They have a great organization and I really do think they’re up and coming.” The Cavs are believed to have offered Oden a two-year deal that would begin this season and include a team option for a third year, but Oden hasn’t signed. Now it’s looking like he won’t sign a deal until this summer, when more teams will have cap space and the demand could increase. “Obviously the longer it goes, the more it looks like that” he won’t sign until summer, Oden’s agent, Mike Conley Sr. said Friday. The game against the Grizzlies was Oden’s first Cavs game as a casual fan. He lives in Columbus again and said the organization’s partnership with the Cleveland Clinic will be a factor in his decision. “With my process, one of the top two things I have to think about is the medical staff and how is it going to help me,” Oden said. “I want to play and I want to play for some time. Not just come in and see what happens. I want to be able to have a career.”   Oden hasn’t played a NBA game since 2009. His career averages in 82 career games are 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 58% and posting a 19.5 PER. Related: Third Quarter Woes Too Much For Recovering Cavs
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