Report: Kings linked to Greg Oden

Report: Kings linked to Greg Oden
July 15, 2013, 10:00 am
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Greg Oden's last NBA game was December 5, 2009 with the Portland Trail Blazers. (AP)

The ink is barely dry on Carl Landry's new contract, the Kings' first free agent under the new ownership, and Sacramento is now linked to another big free agent with big being the operative word.

ESPN.com reports the Kings are among a handful of teams meeting with 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden in Las Vegas this week. According to the report, Oden's meetings will include the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans. The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat are also reported to be pursuing the Ohio State product.  

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Oden's last NBA game was December 5, 2009 with the team that drafted him, the Portland Trailblazers. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 82 career games over two seasons, but knee injuries derailed the former top pick's career.

According to Hoopsworld.com, the Kings are just under $1 million under the 2013 salary cap. They also retain their $2.652 million room exception, meaning they could offer Oden a deal in the two-year, $5.4 million dollar range.

Sacramento could also potentially clear up more cap space by amnestying John Salmons and his $7.58 million contract before the July 17 deadline. On the roster, Greg Oden would compete with Chuck Hayes for the backup center spot behind DeMarcus Cousins. 

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