Former Ohio State star Greg Oden would love to play in Cleveland, his agent told The Plain Dealer on Wednesday.
"The Cavs are high on his list, and they're definitely interested in him, for sure," said agent Mike Conley Sr., the father of Memphis point guard Mike Conley Jr., who played with Oden at Ohio State.
"Greg is definitely interested in the Cavs. It makes a lot of sense. He's an Ohio Buckeye. He lives in Columbus. It's a place he would love to play."
Conley also said that the team's connection to the Cleveland Clinic would be another point in their favor as his client continues to rehabilitate after multiple knee injuries cut short his career after just 82 games.
"I think going into this process that the teams we will look at will have to demonstrate an ability to have those types of resources and expertise available," Conley said. "If that scenario wasn't there or not up to par, we wouldn't be talking to Cleveland.
"Though Greg likes Cleveland and would love to stay in Ohio, his health has to come first and foremost in these discussions. They don't have the golden goose on rehabilitation, but we're definitely impressed with their ability."
Reports of Oden's possible return to the NBA after three years away began to surface last week and reached a peak after he was interviewed during Tuesday's Ohio State game against Wisconsin in Columbus, but the Cavaliers have been interested much longer. They had a meeting scheduled with his agent during the summer league in Las Vegas in July, although the meeting never took place, a source told The Plain Dealer.
Multiple sources have reported that the Cavs and the Miami Heat have the most interest in Oden, but Conley said other teams were also interested. He declined to name them, but ESPN.com's Chris Broussard listed San Antonio, New Orleans, Charlotte, Indiana and Dallas. Conley also first confirmed the mutual interest between Oden and the Cavs to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Broussard and Tomasson are former Cavs beat writers for the Akron Beacon Journal.
Cleveland Cavaliers 'high' on Greg Oden's list of teams, says agent
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