The San Antonio Spurs have been relatively quiet through this tumultuous NBA Free Agency period so far. They inked Marco Belinelli and Jeff Pendergraph to deals and have re-signed key rotation guys in Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal. However, it definitely doesn’t appear that they are done working on the free-agent market.
The Spurs were in talks with small forward Andrei Kirilenko earlier this week in an attempt to grab him via a sign-and-trade, but those talks ended with no deal and no real sign of optimism going forward. However, they are still in the race to land one of the most underrated free agents on the market, former number one overall pick Greg Oden.
Oden hasn’t played in the league since 2010 and has been dealing with a series of knee injuries and surgeries that have plagued him over his career. He has been doing his best to stay out of the media and the public-eye while he tries to get ready to play again in the NBA and get back to full health.
As reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Spurs are in Oden’s reported top-three in terms of places where he could potentially sign. However, of all of Oden’s options, the Spurs seem like the one that is the best match for his unique situation.
The Spurs have a storied history of managing players’ minutes to maximize their abilities on the floor. Moreover, they have a talented roster so that they don’t ask too much of role players. For icing on the cake, they are also the best team in the league in terms of deflecting away unwanted media attention. Those are all of the things it seems like Oden would want and need in his comeback to the league.
It has nothing really to do with style as much as it does situation when considering how good of a match Oden and the Spurs are. If Oden wants to be put in a place where he will be allowed to succeed and won’t have to deal with a media circus, San Antonio is his best bet.