Tuesday News and Notes from Around the League

Jonathan Daniel

  • As Brian mentioned in the recap, the Pelicans will find out the time and place of their next game once the Summer League schedule is completed today. A 2-1 record should ensure the Pelicans get a bye into the second round, that is slated to start this coming Thursday.
  • Remember when some around here were interested in bringing Kendall Marshall to New Orleans? Well, now could have been that chance as the Suns have reportedly put him up on the block. Yeah, the chances are less than zip, so let's move onto...
  • Greg Oden! What, you didn't think I forgot about him, do you? As Rohan has mentioned, a possible signing with New Orleans is gaining steam. The latest per Marc Spears:

The New Orleans meeting is expected to include Mickey Loomis, the Pelicans' head of basketball operations and the NFL Saints' executive vice president and general manager, as well asPelicans GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams. The Pelicans are expected to offer a contract paying close to $3 million in the first season. At least three other teams are expected to offer similar money, a league source said.

Oden hasn't played in the NBA since Dec. 5, 2009, because of knee injuries. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, but has appeared in just 82 NBA games. He has had two microfracture surgeries on his left knee – the most recent being February 2012 – and one on his right knee. He has also had surgery to repair a broken left kneecap he suffered in his last NBA game.

A source from one of Oden's suitors said he did not work out during his recent visit with the team. Sources close to Oden have previously said he hopes to be ready to play by training camp.

A lot of things would have to fall into place to see Oden step onto the court in a Pelican uniform next season,. However, stranger things have happened -- Stay Tuned!

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