Cavs & Heat Considered Top Contenders to Sign Greg Oden

According to a CBSSports.com report, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat have emerged as the leaders to sign Greg Oden. According to the report, Oden is expected to meet with the Heat sometime during the next week, and the Cavs have been interested in him for years.

The Cavs believe that their ties to the Cleveland Clinic could be beneficial in getting Oden back on the court and keeping him healthy. The Cavs can also offer him more money than the Heat, and playing for Cleveland would mean he's closer to his hometown of Indianapolis.

The Heat, on the other hand, can offer Oden the chance to play on a championship-level team and are expected to offer him the minimum of $1.4 million.

In comparison, the Cavs have about $4 million lef in salary cap space, so can afford to offer him more.

Oden has no intentions of playing this season, but it is expected that he will will ready by the start of training camp in the fall.

Oden has had three microfracture surgeries on his knees, including two on his left knee. He hasn't played since December 5, 2009. The top overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft, Oden played in just 82 games in five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Trailblazers finally released him near the end of last season.