The Dallas Mavericks were one of the six teams that emerged as candidates that could possibly sign former number one overall pick Greg Oden in NBA Free Agency. Oden, who hasn’t played in the league since the 2009-2010 season, is set to make his decision sometime in the next week, which should have the Mavericks excited about possibly landing a quality center like Oden.
However, it seemed at the end of last week that the Mavericks may have given up hope in landing Oden as they signed Brandan Wright to a deal to join Samuel Dalembert, who they also signed recently, on the roster at the center position.
Now it seems even more clear that the Mavericks either don’t have a chance at signing Oden or that they feel that way. This past week, the other five teams in the running for the big center sent representatives and scouts to see him work out in Indianapolis. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, though, Dallas was the only team still in pursuit of Oden that didn’t send anyone to see him workout.
Some may take the Mavericks not seeing Oden work out as a sign of confidence on the part of Dallas, however, that’s not the case in this particular situation. Considering Oden’s vast injury history and that he is trying to show his recovery through a couple of years of extensive rehabbing, teams really need to see how he has progressed if they are going to sign him. The Mavericks not going to Indianapolis seems to say that they have no use in seeing his progression because he’s not coming there.
It seems like Oden is going to be the third big-named center that the Mavericks are going to miss out on this summer. As they have failed to execute the ultimate plan of owner Mark Cuban this summer, it only seems fitting that they wouldn’t get Oden either.