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Oden to meet with Mavericks, Pelicans, Kings

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Free-agent center Greg Oden is meeting with the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas this week, according to ESPN.

Oden was scheduled to meet with the Mavericks on Monday. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are considered the favorites to land Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were also interested in Oden but are no longer considering him after signing Andrew Bynum last week.

Oden has not appeared in an NBA game since December 2009 because of several knee injuries. He had his third microscopic surgery in February 2012.

After a successful college career at Ohio State, the Portland Trail Blazers took Oden first in the 2007 draft. Kevin Durant was taken No. 2.

The Mavericks are in hot pursuit of Oden, but are also negotiating with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, who spent last season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Also, Heat president Pat Riley told reporters recently that he has already met with Oden.

In 82 regular season NBA games, Oden has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
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