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Report: Cavaliers to make Oden an offer

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The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to offer oft-injured center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Friday.

Oden, a free agent, hasn't played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Knee injuries have derailed the former No. 1 draft pick's NBA career. The former Ohio State standout has undergone three microfracture surgeries.

Oden has been working out in Columbus and his hometown of Indianapolis in hopes of making a comeback. In recent weeks, the Cavs, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have expressed interest in signing the 7-footer.

The Cavs will wait until the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes before making their offer to Oden, according to the Beacon Journal report that pointed out the team has about $4 million in salary cap space.

Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., told the Beacon Journal that Oden and and Cavs could meet in the next few weeks. Conley said Oden has traveled to Cleveland from Columbus several times recently.

"Greg has been up there before and he'll probably be up there again in an official capacity," Conley said.

Oden played in only 84 games with the Trail Blazers after he was drafted in 2007,
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