The Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the two teams that were reportedly most interested in the former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden. However, after missing out on both Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, the Dallas Mavericks are joining in on the race, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Hearing: Even before they passed on Andrew Bynum, I'm told Mavs formally reached out to Greg Oden camp this week to formally join Oden race
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2013
The Mavs were only casually interested in Bynum, and apparently reached out to Oden’s camp even earlier in the week.
Clearly, the Mavs are in desperation mode to surround Dirk Nowitzki with some kind of a team that will do him justice at this stage of his career. A couple of days ago, Dallas signed Devin Harris, which prompted Nowitzki to turn to Twitter and joke that the Mavs were trying to sign DH this whole summer.
The Mavericks don’t seem to be set on Oden though, and are looking at quite a few big man options that could replace Chris Kaman. Samuel Dalembert has been rumored to be a potential target.
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