Sources close to the situation say the Cleveland Cavaliers were likely Greg Odens first choice. But the Cavs went with Andrew Bynum instead, giving Oden a reason to look elsewhere.
Oden is a 7-footer who played collegiately at Ohio State and was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Three microfracture knee surgeries later, he signed a free-agent contract with the defending champion Miami Heat.
That happened Friday, and while the Heat hardly gave Oden a major pact (two years for reportedly just more than 2 million), the majority of the league looked at Oden and took a pass. Makes sense, considering Oden hasnt played an actual game since 2009.
One of the teams showing interest last season: No less than the Cavs. And Oden was interested in them -- attending a game in March and saying Cleveland seemed like a good fit for a Midwestern guy.
But the Cavs, like most teams, were noncommittal, realizing the fairly big risks that come with a big man who is viewed, f...