Former No. 1 pick and oft-injured center Greg Oden has worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers recently, but is not close to signing a contract.
The 7-foot Oden has not played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season and has had three microfracture knee surgeries since being the top pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.
Cleveland is expected to make the 24-year-old, who has played in only 82 games during his three-year career, a two-year offer with a third-year option. According to Ohio.com, that offer could come next week, even though Oden will not play until the 2013-14 season.
"Obviously we've spoken to Greg, we've had him in, we've done a lot of due diligence with him," said Cavs general manager Chris Grant. "He's a great kid, wonderful heart. We'll see. We'll still talk to them and see what his position is and what his goals are. Just like any other free agent, if we're able to make something happen that makes sense for us, we'll do it. And if not, that's OK."
Oden, a free agent, could sign next week with the Cavaliers or wait until the summer to sign with one of a handful of teams, including the Miami Heat, who have expressed interest.